Connecting Riondel, Pilot Bay, Crawford Bay and Gray Creek on the east shore of Kootenay Lake with Procter on the west shore was the main use of this route. The Bluebell Mine, the Pilot Bay Smelter and various settlements created a need for transportation for many years. As economic conditions fluctuated and mines opened and closed, the regularity of the service fluctuated as well. With the establishment of Highway 3A from Gray Creek and later Kootenay Bay south to Creston, steamer service was withdrawn. Today the east and west shores are connected to the Outlet at Balfour by the longest free ferry ride in the world on the MV Osprey 2000 (with relief in the summer months by the MV Balfour).
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The locations of the various landings along the shores of Kootenay Lake and the West Arm are approximations. For some of the landings the only evidence of settlement is the pilings left standing in the water. In other locations all evidence of the landings has been removed and is only visible during low water levels in the spring.