A very rare find: 120 acres with 5,250 feet of shoreline, a sheltered bay, significant merchantable timber, never been logged, a year-round creek with a 30 foot waterfall that has a power generation and domestic water license.
This waterfront acreage is an exceptional property. There is a large flat beach in the center of the shoreline, which is about 7 acres in size. The beach is on both sides of the protected bay, where Hutchison Creek meets Arrow Lake. A 120 m trail leads up to the 30 ft falls, providing refreshment on a hot day. The falls also offer a great fishing hole.
The water licence allows the installation of a diversion structure along with penstock, pipe, powerhouse, tailrace and transmission line at the top of the falls to service two homes on the north and south sides of Hutchison Creek.
The property has never been logged and has a significant stand of merchantable timber. Fir and cedar are predominant along with some ponderosa pine. A log dump is about 2.25 km away, and two existing logging roads, about 1.25 and 1.75 km from the property.
The zoning permits a multitude of uses, including tourist accommodation and temporary guest accommodation. It also permits micro cultivation and processing of cannabis, a cannabis nursery and sale of site grown farm products.
17 km southeast of Edgewood by boat on the east side of the Lower Arrow Lake.
Please inquire with Listing Agent.
Arrow Lake, in the Kootenays, divides into Upper Arrow Lake and Lower Arrow Lake, which is essentially the widening of the Columbia River. The lakes, between the Selkirk Mountains to the east and the Monashee Mountains, stretches 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. At low water, the two lakes remain distinct, 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.
Castlegar is the second-largest community in the West Kootenay region. Located within the Selkirk Mountains at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, this city is a regional trade and transportation centre, with a local economy fuelled by forestry, mining and tourism.
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.
Mountain sides are heavily forested and rise sharply to elevations around 2,600 metres. Arrow Lakes’ vast reservoirs of water moderate winter temperatures and help retain moisture in the local atmosphere, greatly influencing the types of vegetation found there.
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.
Sunshine Bay Rec Site, southward, offers a crescent-shaped, south-facing beach and protected campsites under a pine stand. Nearby, the mouth of Sunshine Creek promises good fishing. The road past Sunshine Bay offers excellent hiking. When the water in the Lower Arrow Lake is down, beachcombing is a relaxing past time. It is difficult to get a boat down to the as the bank drops off abruptly. A flight of stairs goes from the campsite to the beach. A canoe, kayak or inflatable zodiac would be your best option.
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 length of the Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes. The three park sites on the northern end of Lower Arrow Lake are Burton, Fauquier and Eagle Creek (in 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.
49°36'54.82"N and 118° 7'43.54"W
This outstanding property on its own is a great opportunity. There is also a significant stand of merchantable timber. Buyer to determine quantity and quality, no cruise available.
The zoning permits micro cultivation and processing of cannabis, a cannabis nursery and sale of site grown farm products
The property has a power generation water license to divert 4 cubic feet per second for residential power use. There is also 1,000 gallons per day permitted for domestic use. There is no internet service however there is a low cell signal that could be improved with a booster, or Xplornet can be used. Septic is required.
Horse Riding Stables and Boarding Stables
Out of Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)
DISTRICT LOT 8066 KOOTENAY DISTRICT
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