April 29th, 2017

Did you know that the Lake Windermere District Rod & Club was founded at a meeting on May 17, 1919 held in the Rotunda of the Hotel Invermere? 

John A. Hope a well known guide and writer was the driving force behind the formation of the club and he became its first President. Basil George Hamilton a local journalist was the first Secretary with the first Executive Committee consisting of the following local personnel:  Hon. R. Randolf Bruce, W. Howard Cleland, Mathew H. Craik, Alexander Duncan MacKinnon, James Carlton Pitts, William W. Taynton, Alexander Ritchie,  Alexander G. Cuthbert, Arthur Murray Chisholm, Allan S. Cochrane, Charles D. Ellis, Captain Albert H. MacCarthy, Edward Tunnacliffe, Walter J. Nixon,  Stanley B. Harrison, H. G. Lowe, James W. Crawford and Joseph Lake.

So as you can see, our 100th anniversary is approaching.  In just over a year, we will be entering our 100th year and we need a program of events to celebrate this accomplishment.  Your executive is looking to establish a committee of interested and imaginative club members who would start the planning process for the 100th year events.

If you are interested in participating in this committee please advise a member of the executive or email us at

April 5th, 2017

The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club is a strong supporter for a much needed Recreational Access Management Plan and strategy. We continue to support and sit on the Columbia Valley Recreational Access Management Planning group made up of local groups. This pictorial arrangement made by Pat Morrow, a sitting member, shows quite well why such a plan is required.

What’s At Stake_ Invermere RAMP

March 7th, 2017

Grizzly Bear Foundation

Read the report fom the board of inquiry

February 25th

Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey – Spring 2017

Do you love the Columbia Wetlands, birds, and being outside? If so, participating in the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey (CWWS) may be for you!

Migratory bird surveys will be occurring on the Columbia Wetlands this spring from 8am-11am on each of the three following dates:

• Monday, April 3rd
• Monday, April 10th
• Sunday, April 16th (please note that this is Easter Sunday).

We are currently seeking citizen-scientists like you to survey for birds near Golden, Parson, Spillimacheen, Brisco, Radium, Wilmer, Lake Windermere, Invermere and Columbia Lake. A major goal of the CWWS is to collect baseline data necessary for achieving Important Bird Area (IBA) status for the Columbia Wetlands; data you collect may be used to help designate the Columbia Wetlands as an IBA!

We are also determining where the most significant staging and feeding areas are in the Columbia Wetlands, for more than 30 migratory bird species (including species-at-risk).

A limited number of high quality optical gear sets can be lent to those in need. We also offer free CWWS training modules to CWWS volunteers. Dates are as follows:

In class training sessions:
• Invermere – Thursday, March 23rd, 5-7pm
• Golden – Monday, March 27th, 5-7pm

Identification skills in the field:
• Invermere – Saturday, March 25th, 9am-10:30am
• Golden – Saturday, April 1st, 9am-10:30am

If you are interested in participating in the CWWS or would like to know more, please email or call us at 250-344-5530.

February 23rd

Please have a look at the attached poster for the East Kootenay Wildlife Association Sheep Art Auction. Its the first of its kind and we would like it to be a success!

As well, an easy link to the ebay site is found here
Remember 100% of the money goes towards sheep and sheep initiatives in the East Kootenay.

We are encouraging people to think of this like a donation to the EKWA dedicated sheep fund. The wildlife item is just the bonus. I think companies and organizations could get some nice value for their donating dollars if they end up being a winning bidder. We can work at ensuring public recognition through media sources should they request it.

We got some very talented people involved helping so far and its been a pleasure working with them on this. I think the items speak for themselves so make sure you check them out.

Auction closes on Tuesday the 28th.

Jeff Berdusco
East Kootenay Wildlife Association
250 426-9811


February 17th, 2017

“The Rod & Gun Banquet will now take place on March 11 at the Edgewater Hall at the same time that appears on the banquet tickets. The hall is located at 4818 Selkirk Ave, Edgewater. For those who have tickets that are unable to attend the club will reimburse you for your ticket(s). Please contact Byron Trask at 250- 342- 3688 or Rick Hoar at 250-342-9482. Thank you for your support and patience.”

February 17th, 2017

Due to the uncertainty and dates available for the Invermere Hall – We have scheduled the banquet for March 11 at the Edgewater Community Hall in Edgewater. Times will remain the same. The seating capacity is a bit less so we ask that anyone who cannot attend the new date please contact us for a full refund – we ask that you do not sell the tickets to someone else.

February 15th, 2017

“The Banquet Committee regretfully has to announce the postponement of this year’s banquet to a new date soon to be announced. The District of Invermere has closed the community hall due to recent snow loads and is awaiting an engineer’s report on the status of the hall. Please watch out website for future notices about a new date. Thanks you for your understanding”.

February 14th, 2017

Club members are encouraged to read this document to understand what Greenways is asking for. Members will be asked for input as this proposal will be taking place largely on Crown Land.

CVGT Trails Vision 2017

December 29, 2014

The Province of BC is asking for comments on the proposed angling regs intended for 2015- 2017. Our club sits on the public advisory board and has brought suggestions forward from members. Members are as well encouraged to take a look what is being suggested and make comments directly. The Angling, Hunting, and Trapping Public Engagement Website can be found at Click on the green “Angling” link on the bottom of the page to access the posted angling regulation proposals.

December 29, 2014

The club’s fishing hut has been placed out on Lake Windermere just out from Abel creek, where it was last year. It is the blue hut with our name on it. There is fishing gear in the hut for those who don’t have any and want to give some winter fishing through the ice a try. Contact Frank Keely at 250-342-6154 to reserve use

December 20, 2014

Recognition for the Club from the Nature Conservancy in their national newsletter!                             Click here

December 11, 2014

2014 Hunter Allocations

December 10, 2014

Sweeping changes to B.C.’s wildlife allocations could result in 5,000 fewer hunting
licences going to residents

BCWF News Release – 12 10 14 – Allocations

November 20, 2014 — Mule Deer Relocation Offer

The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club sent a letter to the District of Invermere volunteering the Club’s services to capture, transport and relocate mule deer from the area, as an alternative to a cull.

Our letter: Mule deer