Penticton Ready for Canada Day Weekend
June 30, 2017
Penticton – The Canada Day long weekend is almost here and while the water level of Okanagan Lake has reached its peak, the high water situation is going to remain for several more weeks. The City was fortunate to escape the brunt of the flooding seen in other areas of the Okanagan, but some infrastructure was damaged by the high water and sandbags remain in place around areas of Okanagan Lake. Here is a summary of how things stand heading into the holiday weekend:
- Penticton River Channel - The City of Penticton continues to warn the public that water flows in the Penticton River Channel are currently very fast and dangerous. Anyone entering the channel does so at their own risk and should exercise extreme caution.
- Boat launches on Okanagan Lake at the Penticton Yacht Club and on Skaha Lake at the marina are open. Due to high water levels, on Okanagan Lake, boaters are being asked to control their wake and a map of ‘low’ and ‘no wake’ for Okanagan Lake is posted on the City’s website in the Latest News section. Boaters on both Okanagan and Skaha lakes also asked to keep a careful eye out for floating debris carried into the lake by recent high waters.
- Okanagan Beach is open although much of the sand is still underwater and sandbags remain in place in many areas. The beach walkway and surrounding businesses are all operating as usual. Beach users are asked to not step or climb on sandbags. City crews are cleaning the beach as the water recedes and sandbags and other flood mitigation measures are being removed as soon as conditions are appropriate.
- Skaha Lake beaches looks much the same as always since the lake is only slightly above normal water level. Other facilities in the park (children’s spray park, concessions, playground etc.) are all operating as normal.
- Water quality for Penticton’s swimming beaches on Okanagan and Skaha Lakes is tested weekly as per the established protocol between the City and Interior Health. Test results are posted on the Interior Health website
- Kiwanis Pier on Okanagan Lake was damaged in a wind storm and the pier and the connecting walkway to Okanagan Lake Park are closed.