No wakeboarding on Okanagan Lakes – Vernon Morning Star


Wakeboarders are invited to take a break.

High water continues to be a concern on Kalamalka, Wood and Okanagan lakes.

“Lake Okanagan is actually more than a full pool,” Lake Country Coun. Blair Ireland said the levels are higher than 2018 but lower than 2017.

Therefore, Ireland is asking wakeboard boat operators to stop wake surfing for a few weeks until the lake goes down.

“It doesn’t matter how far away they are; these waves they generate cross the entire lake, ”Ireland said at the June 16 council meeting. ” Wait a minute. “

Meanwhile, the Central Okanagan Regional District Emergency Operations Center, along with local governments, are asking boaters to slow down as some lakeside properties, including the Oyama Community Hall, are suffering. floods.

“We cannot control Mother Nature, who has given us a lot of rain so far, May and June have been extremely wet,” said emergency program coordinator Sandra Follack.

“We know the lakes in the area are amazing and we want to be on them.”

But, Follack said, “It is extremely important for boaters to keep speeds low.

“We are increasingly concerned about wave action.”

While lake levels remain high throughout the Okanagan, CORD recommends the following:

1. Boaters / jet skis / other motorized watercraft are urged to maintain slow speeds to minimize wake-generating activity, especially near shore.

2. Lakefront property owners should reinforce areas of their property prone to flooding.

Central Okanagan Regional District Emergency thanks everyone for their cooperation over the next few weeks as lake levels are expected to remain high.

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