The West Koot Route can be accessed by three different ferry rides: Upper Arrow Lake, Lower Arrow Lake and Kootenay Lake at Balfour (Hwy #3A). Let’s begin this tour near the village of Nakusp.
Upper Arrow Lake Ferry to Nakusp on Highway #23 is 49 km / 30 mi.
Lower Arrow Lake Ferry to Nakusp on Highway #6 is 57 km / 35 mi.
During the Silvery Slocan mining boom, Nakusp was a major transportation hub. Today the village offers a lovely downtown, great fishing, a range of overnighting options, a waterfront promenade and three wonderful hot springs.
Nakusp to New Denver is 46 km / 28 mi south on Highway #6.
You’ve now connected with the Silvery Slocan Driving Route. Follow its itinerary if you’d like to head south on Highway #6 through the Slocan Valley and back up through Nelson, Ainsworth Hot Springs and Kaslo.
Kaslo to Meadow Creek is 40 km / 25 mi north on Highway #31.
Meadow Creek to the village of Trout Lake is 100 km / 62 mi.
Meadow Creek to Gerrard (south end of Trout Lake) is on a wide, straight and flat gravel road.
Alongside Trout lake from Gerrard to the village of Trout Lake, the gravel road narrows. It is one lane in places, includes four hairpin turns, has pull out bays and may not be suitable for RVs. Watch for logging trucks.
Travelling north from Trout lake will take you to the Upper Arrow Lake Ferry at Galena and Highway #23.