Boating is not recommended this weekend, but boaters choosing to access Okanagan Lake are urged to avoid several areas at risk due to high waters and wave action.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre is asking boaters to avoid the following locations:
The entire downtown waterfront; specifically, Heritage Park to Buchanan
All day use docks and wharfs (closed)
Princeton boat launch (closed)
Green Bay area
Casa Loma area
Pritchard Drive area
Whitworth Road area
Tween Lakes (canal) and entire Oyama isthmus area
Westside Road (RDCO)
Killiney Beach area
Kelowna: The entire waterfront between Poplar Point and Cedar Creek
Boating is not recommended due to unsafe conditions resulting from flooding and high water levels. Flooding has deposited significant debris in Okanagan Lake, including large trees and branches, making navigation on the lake hazardous.
Boat wakes can have significant impact on vulnerable properties and signage is being posted at boat launches and shared with private moorage organizations encouraging boaters to go slow and avoid causing wakes, particularly close to shore.
Boaters are reminded that they can be fined for operating a power-boat over 10 km/h within 30 metres of shore. Boaters who choose to disregard safety notifications may be also be fined.
Officials will be on the lake this weekend monitoring boaters and vulnerable areas.