May 19, 2017 1:27 pm
Updated: May 19, 2017 6:03 pm

Boating not recommended in Central Okanagan

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Boating is not recommended on Central Okanagan lakes this long weekend, but boaters who choose to access Okanagan Lake are urged to avoid vulnerable areas.

Peachland

  • The entire downtown waterfront; specifically, Heritage Park to Buchanan
  • All day use docks and wharfs (closed)
  • Princeton boat launch (closed)

West Kelowna

  • Green Bay area
  • Casa Loma area
  • Pritchard Drive area
  • Whitworth Road area

Lake Country

  • Tween Lakes (canal) and entire Oyama isthmus area
  • Carrs Landing
  • Okanagan Centre
  • Turtle Bay

Westside Road (RDCO)

  • Wilson’s Landing
  • Fintry area
  • Killiney Beach area

Kelowna

  • The entire waterfront between Poplar Point and Cedar Creek

 

Boaters are reminded that they can be fined for operating a power-boat over 10 km/h within 30 metres of shore.

Officials will be on the lake this weekend monitoring boaters and vulnerable areas.

Boaters who choose to access local lakes are asked to use extreme caution and watch for floating debris.

They are also asked to keep their speeds and wakes down to reduce shoreline erosion.

Okanagan Lake is now about 32 centimetres above full pool.

Preparation for potential flooding is recommended.

  • If anchored, make sure the anchor lines are long enough, so they don’t snap if water rises too high
  • Ensure boats are secured
  • If you have a pull-up dock, pull it up as high as possible
  • Secure the dock using sandbags or weighted barrels on the edges of the dock
  • Remove all loose items from the dock, but do not clean any debris from shoreline
  • Stay away from fast-moving waters

Boat owners with boats on lifts may choose to remove their boat from the lift and trailer it for safe storage.

Rising water levels have also impacted access to some beaches and waterfront parks.

READ MORE:  Park plans this long weekend?  Some Kelowna parks closed due to flood concern

Debris that has washed up on beaches should not be removed for the time being.  It helps to limit erosion caused by waves.

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