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    Affordable Backcountry Cabin and Acreage - Gray Creek, BC

    Kootenays Listing No. 24093

    Off-grid, mostly forested property with gorgeous lake views. The lower section of the land is accessible by vehicle and has a prepped building site, while an upper plateau that is accessed via a short but steep hike has a year-round cabin. Basic solar setup. No zoning.


    8.94 acres

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    This off the grid parcel is comprised of 8.94 mostly forested acres, has a small cabin, and some of the most epic lake views possible.

    In general, there is a lower section of land with ease of access and an upper plateau where the owner has set up a year-round cabin next to a pond and amongst rocky out crops and some beautiful forest.

    Access to the upper plateau is via a short but steep hike up from a parking area. The owner has cleared and prepped the parking area and set up a small camping pad as well as access to a nice flat building site or perhaps an RV pad with views out to the lake.

    The cabin is 10 x 16 ft in size and one open room with well insulated walls and ceiling. It is powered by solar power and heated with a wood stove. The solar is mainly used to run a 12V fridge/cooler, charge phones, batteries, and other devices. At the time of listing the interior of the cabin did not have the interior covered with freshly milled wood. The wood was on site and ready to go up.

    Beside the cabin is a framed outhouse, the exterior siding was about to go up and was being milled on site; there is a huge supply of firewood and material for building additional structures—both rock and quality timber.

    Up on this plateau is a small pond, a big draw or wildlife and with a rich organic bed could be used to collect and build up some garden beds and later a source for watering/irrigation.

    Drinking water is collected from a nearby creek that flows year-round and packed up to the cabin.

    The location is prime for an outdoor enthusiast. There is great backcountry access, loads of wildlife on and around the land and a great off-grid community to be a part of.

    Access to the land is via 5 km of Forest Service Road (no snow clearing). Drinking water is from a nearby creek.

    No zoning . . . add cabins and structures without zoning limitations.


    Lot 28 Crown Creek - Gray Creek, BC

    Crown Creek Forest Service Road (FSR), also known as Gray Creek FSR, is located on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake 7.5 km south of the Gray Creek Store on Highway 3A. The land is then 5 km up the road.

    Notable Travel Times
    • Crawford Bay: 15-20 minutes away (ferry terminal)
    • Creston: 1 hour away
    • Nelson: 1.5 hours including ferry across lake
    • Cranbrook: 2 hours away


    Access road is 7.5 km south of the Gray Creek General Store or 15 km north of Destiny Bay Grocers off of Highway 3A. Access road is a not maintained—no snow clearing in winter. From pavement the property is 5 km on a gravel road. At 1.7 km stay left, at 4 km stay right, at 4.45 km stay left, carry on till you see a driveway on the left that extends along a power pole route. Property starts at the white truck ad is on the left.

    Area Data

    East Shore

    The local area is known as the East Shore, an area that lies between the lofty mountains and expansive waters of southern Kootenay Lake and away from the major tourist routes. Protected by the Selkirk and Purcell Mountain ranges in south eastern British Columbia, it is sparsely populated and has remained relatively unspoiled. The area supports a rich biological diversity, including mountain slopes heavily forested with a mix of pine, Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar and a broad range of flora and fauna. The nearest community on the East Shore is Gray Creek which is essentially a few rural and lakeside residences and a General Store, a little further north on Highway 3A is the ferry landing and the community of Crawford Bay comprised of approximately 350 people, a well-known artisans town with a fantastic golf course—Kokanee Springs Golf Resort and artisan shops.

    Kootenay Lake

    Kootenay Lake is the gem of the Kootenays and central to what makes this area special. This large body of clean, fresh water defines the valley, moderates the climate in summer and winter, and provides endless opportunities for recreation as well as being simply beautiful, set against the backdrop of the spectacular surrounding mountain peaks. Located 530 metres (1,736 ft) above sea level in the Kootenay Lake Valley. The valley is bound by the Selkirk Mountain range to the west and the Purcell Mountain range to the east. Kootenay Lake is 145 km long and up to 152 metres (500 ft) deep, with an average width of 4 km (2.5 miles) and is 8 km (5 miles) across at its widest. Fed by numerous creeks, Kootenay Lake’s major source of water is the Kootenay River, which originates in the Rocky Mountains and passes through Montana and Idaho before emptying into the lake, and is the second largest tributary of the Columbia River. The water here is pure enough to drink straight from the lake. Kootenay Lake remains ice-free in winter.


    The East Shore of Kootenay Lake, nestled within the picturesque West Kootenays, beckons with its abundance of year-round recreational delights. With Kootenay Lake as its centerpiece, it not only graces the region with its scenic beauty but also moderates the climate, creating the ideal backdrop for a myriad of outdoor adventures.

    Here's a glimpse of the options waiting to be explored and really there is little need to leave the land or venture far with excellent backcountry access:

    • Trophy fishing on Kootenay Lake, home of the colossal rainbows (Gerrards) that weigh in at 5 times the size of normal Kamloops trout.
    • Kootenay Lake’s rocky shores encompass hundreds of tiny bays and beaches, intriguing to explore by kayak, canoe, or power boat. It is not uncommon to find yourself the only boater visible across the lake’s expanse! Possibility to keep boat at marina not far away.
    • Golf at the renowned Kokanee Springs golf course approx. 10-15 minutes away, or Creston has another fantastic course.
    • Hunting through extensive areas of Crown land—great access nearby.
    • Quading, sledding or mountain biking on the property and the connecting FSR roads. Ideal size property for a private track with some nice ups and downs to enjoy.
    • Hiking in the area with numerous parks, nature reserves, and backcountry trails, and more locally there is a nice creek size walk around the land and through the mixed forest and open meadow.


    Please see mapping section, all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    49°35'39.58"N and 116°47'8.32"W



    Solar Power

    • 400 Watts of panels
    • Renogy 100-amp hour lifepo4 (lithium iron phosphate) self heating battery
    • Renogy 40-amp mppt charge controller

    Wood stove

    No water




    • 10 x 16 ft
    • Walls and ceiling well insulated and set up for winter use
    • Free standing wood stove
    • Small 12V fridge/cooler runs on solar
    • Solar power

    Outhouse by cabin

    Parking area with flat camping pad

    Driveway down to a cleared lower build site

    Tax Details

    $400 (2023)


    No zoning


    Lot 28, Plan NEP957, District Lot 4595, Kootenay Land District
    PID 014-092-301

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.