Funding Meadow Creek spawning channel on Kootenay Lake

Project Year: 2019-2020

Multi-year Project

Project Lead

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development


Columbia Region

West Kootenay

Project Type

Species-Based Actions

FWCP Contribution


Action Plan Alignment

Large Lakes Action Plan

Project ID


You’re invited: Meadow Creek Spawning Channel open house on Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the spawning channel

Talk to biologists, learn more about Kokanee, the Kootenay Lake Nutrient Restoration Program, and how to co-exist with Grizzly Bears.

The Meadow Creek spawning channel is 4 kms west of Meadow Creek at the north end of Kootenay Lake. Follow Highway 31 from Kaslo to Meadow Creek, then look for the signs.

This free, family event is hosted by the FWCP in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. For more information about the open house, please call 250-352-1300 or email

The spawning channel is open daily during spawning season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If there are too many bears in the area, the channel may be closed to the public.

10-years of historical data about spawning channels and the nutrient restoration programs for both Kootenay Lake and Arrow Lakes Reservoir are online at

F20 Meadow Creek spawning channel

This project supports ongoing operations, maintenance, and monitoring at the Meadow Creek spawning channel. The channel provides spawning habitat for a large proportion of Kootenay Lake Kokanee, which are the primary prey species for both Bull Trout and Gerrard Rainbow Trout. BC Hydro built the spawning channel in 1967, to compensate for lost natural Kokanee habitat, due to the construction of Duncan Dam.