sawbridgeKootenay Bay is the eastern terminus of the Kootenay Lake Ferry and has three eateries, reststop, and a nice beach and public boat launch. The ferry SS Osprey also offers food services.

lighthouse“Our motorcycle club did a 4-day ride on the Loop. It’s a beautiful area and most of us would like to come back and finish exploring.” -L. Sutherland, Seattle, Washington

From here you can access the historic Pilot Peninsula Lighthouse and Pilot Bay Provincial Park via Pilot Bay Road, heading south from the ferry landing. The park includes Sawmill Bay, the most protected waters onKootenay Lake, with a few boat or hike in campsites and a nice picnic spot. A beautiful walking trail through the park follows the shoreline of Pilot Peninsula and gives access to the many other trails on the peninsula; a real walker’s paradise. You can download and print a map of the trails from here.

Kootenay Bay has its own website that has a lot of local history and trivia, which you can view here.