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Okanagan, Shuswap boaters urged to slow down and reduce wakes as water levels remain high – Okanagan


With the first weekend of summer approaching and warm weather in the forecast for the Okanagan and Shuswap, expect to see a sudden increase in the number of boats on local lakes.

But boaters are advised to watch out for wakes when approaching shore.

The Central Okanagan Regional District (RDCO) and Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) say that with rising water levels, any wind, rain or boat wakes can cause further erosion and damage to properties and to riparian structures.

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“The public is urged to leave debris washing up along the shore of the lake in place until water levels recede to protect the shore from further erosion,” the RDCO said.

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“Boaters are also urged to be careful with their speed and wake to avoid property damage along the shoreline.”

Okanagan Lake is currently at 342.608 meters, above its full basin level of 342.48 meters. Shuswap Lake is currently at 348.864 meters and is trending towards a projected peak of 349.1 meters.

In 2018, Shuswap Lake reached a dangerously high level of 349.141 meters.


Okanagan, Shuswap boaters urged to slow down and reduce wakes as water levels remain high – Okanagan







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Notably, the CSRD claims that Shuswap Lake does not have a full basin level, as there is no dam, and that the lake can flood at different heights due to the varied topography.

The DRCO also reminded shoreline property owners to take precautions.

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“Homeowners are responsible for their own property and must ensure docks are secure and anchor lines are long enough that they won’t break if the water continues to rise,” said Sandra Follack. , Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program Coordinator.

“High winds are still expected and we want residents to be prepared.”


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