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    640 Acre Settlement Opportunity near Whatshan Lake - Edgewood, BC

    Kootenays Listing No. 21098

    640 selectively logged and moderate grade acres between Whatshan and Arrow Lake, surrounded by Crown land. Zoned for multiple purposes from agriculture, home-based business, nursery processing and sale of product directly from the property.


    640 acres ~ 5 titles

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    Right in the middle between Whatshan and Arrow Lakes lies these 640 mostly moderate graded acres with 5 titles, surrounded by Crown land. The properties have been selectively logged over many years and are ready for someone to repurpose. There has been tree planting performed providing an inventory of future timber opportunities. Excellent roads access numerous parts of the property.

    Christie Creek flows into the property from the northwest for about 1.5 km, then heads back north west to Whatshan Lake. Another small creek flows south.

    There are remnants of the past on an old cleared homestead; log structures, car, and steel equipment. The soil class is #5, with an opportunity for agriculture purpose. There are several great, flat and open sites for building, growing or grazing.

    The property is 5 km to the Fern Creek Recreation site on Arrow Lake to the east, and to Whatshan lake to the west.

    The R4K zoning provides multiple uses:

    • residential
    • guest accommodation
    • home-based business
    • forestry
    • agriculture including cannabis cultivation
    • nursery processing, and sale

    This location has so much to offer. The road is not guaranteed to be open year-round and may require clearing on some portions during winter. The elevation average is about 750 m.


    DL9892 Whatshan River Road - Edgewood, BC


    From Highway 6 northeast of the Edgewood turn-off, head north on Whatshan Forest Service Road. In 14.75 km, turn right (east). The property starts at 2.4 km and the access road 2.75 km, just past the 17 km marker. Orange flagging tape marks the access road.

    Area Data

    Arrow Lake, in the Kootenays, divides into Upper Arrow Lake and Lower Arrow Lake—essentially the widening of the Columbia River. Between the Selkirk Mountains to the east and the Monashee Mountains, the lakes stretch from Castlegar to Revelstoke.

    Originally two lakes 22 km apart, the Arrow Lakes became one 230 km long lake due to the reservoir created by the 1960s construction of the Keenleyside Dam. The two lakes remain distinct at low water, connected by a fast-moving section known as The Narrows.

    There are two free highway ferries across Arrow Lake, the Upper Lakes Ferry between Shelter Bay and Galena Bay and the Needles Cable Ferry on Highway 6—17 km from Edgewood. There is also the Arrow Park Ferry, a cable ferry connecting East and West Arrow Park about 28 km south of Nakusp.

    Edgewood is a small settlement on the western shores of Lower Arrow Lake. Services include a general store with groceries, liquor, and gas pump, a community health centre, post office, elementary school, credit union and campground with a good boat launch.

    Nakusp is within a picturesque setting at the foot of the Selkirk Mountains on the east shore of the Arrow Lakes. The Valhallas are to the south, with the Monashee Mountains to the west, creating magnificent vistas. Nakusp is known for its natural and commercial hot springs. Mining used to be the most important industry. However, forestry is now the significant economic base of the village.

    The area has pleasant warm summer days with cool nights and moderately cold, snowy winters with annual snowfall averaging 168 cm. The average temperature in July is a comfortable 19.1, with a January average of -1.7 Celsius.


    This area is a veritable playground with developed and natural hot springs, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, backcountry skiing, cat and heli-skiing. Trails provide hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. They range from rustic, single-track paths through dense forest to wide-tracked rail trails with high-quality tread surfaces.

    Octopus Creek Rec Site, northwards, flows into Lower Arrow Lake and is accessible by boat. During low water, there is expansive sand and cobblestone providing miles of beach to walk. The water warms up later in the summer and is pleasant for swimming and board sailing. If the lake fish are not biting, a hike up Octopus Creek reaches natural hot springs.

    Taite Creek Rec Site, just north of Octopus Creek, also flows into Lower Arrow Lake. This boat-accessible site is on the north side of Taite Creek. It is an excellent spot to camp while fishing the lake. Campsites are in a semi-open stand of mature trees or on the beach. Backroad travellers find Taite Creek a good rest stop on the rough four-wheel road that goes over the Valkyr Range.

    Arrow Lakes Provincial Park consists of four sites scattered along the Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes length. The three park sites on the northern end of Lower Arrow Lake are Burton, Fauquier and Eagle Creek (Edgewood). All have picnic/day-use areas and boat ramps with water-oriented activities dominating the scene.

    Lake trolling is an effective way to catch the big, trophy lake trout, and just below the Dam on the Columbia River, anglers troll for rainbow, kokanee, and walleye. No matter what the season, there is always something biting. Anglers target large Gerrard rainbows and bull trout on the Lower Arrow Lake fish throughout the year, but one of the best and most exciting times is in the spring.


    The history of hydroelectric development in the Kootenays is as rich as the hills that brought people to the area. The ability to produce electric power to run smelters, sawmills, mines and cities allowed many settlers in the area once mineral discovery began to fade. As the land provided minerals and lumber, it also provided the landscape that allowed early developers in the 1890s to construct small-scale dams and powerhouses. With these developments in the area, more followed as technology and demand grew.

    The Keenleyside Dam, formerly the High Arrow Dam, was completed in 1968. Built to control water levels downstream for power production at the Grand Coulee dam in Washington and flood control in both Canada and the US, it did not contain power generation facilities. However, it did provide a lock to allow both industrial and recreational boat access through the Dam.

    In 1999, the Columbia Power Corporation (a Crown corporation owned and controlled by the province of BC) with its partner, the Columbia Basin Trust, began to construct the Arrow Lakes Generating Station immediately downstream of Hugh Keenleyside Dam. Completed in 2002, the station produces up to 185 megawatts.

    Map Reference

    49°58'28.15"N and 118° 3'9.98"W



    Tax Details

    $2,721 (2021)


    Residential-Low Density


    PID 016-467-647

    PID 016-467-680

    PID 016-467-515

    PID 016-452-321

    PID 016-467-566

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