Skattebo Reach

Feature Type:Reach - Relatively straight section of a river, lake, or inlet.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Kootenay River, below mouth of Slocan River, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°21'06''N, 117°34'31''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82F/5

Origin Notes and History:

Skattebo Reach adopted 6 July 1950 on 82/SW, as submitted by Bonnington and South Slocan Rod & Gun Club (file C.2.49).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Bonnington and South Slocan Rod & Gun Club make application to rename that portion of the Kootenay river lying between the Consolidated Mining & Smelting Company's dam at Brilliant, and the mouth of the Slocan river approximately 6 miles upstream from said dam... as Skattebo Lake, in memory of a pioneer sportsman who resided at the Slocan Pool for the last half-century." (March 1950 letter, file C.2.49). At the time, Walter Hendricks, MLA for Nelson-Creston, was asked to advertise this naming proposal so that others in the district might suggest alternate names. No alternate suggestions were received by BC Geographic Division. BC Geographic Division recommended the term "reach" instead of "lake" or "reservoir" because the expansion of the river behind the dam is so slight as to be hardly distinguishable on standard mapping. By June 1950 the office had petitions with the signatures of 80+ residents of Brilliant, Corra Lynn, Bonnington, South Slocan & Nelson, plus an endorsement by West Kootenay P&L, all agreeing to the name "Skattebo Reach" (March & April 1950 correspondence, file C.2.49). , BC Geographic Division suggested the term "reach" instead of "lake" because the expansion of the river behind the dam is so slight as to be hardly distinguishable on standard mapping (March & April 1950 correspondence, file C.2.49)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named after Ole Skattebo, a Norwegian settler and pioneer sportsman who arrived here c1897, cleared the land and farmed at the "Slocan Pool" until just after WW II. Skattebo was not his family name; he was so-known in that part of the Kootenay River country because Skattebo was the name of the Norwegian community he came from. (November 1999 advice from Angus Graeme, Selkirk College).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office