Boaters should be cautious because of high water levels on Kalamalka, Wood and Okanagan lakes. (photo submitted)

Boaters issued warning

  • Jun. 30, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Boaters are being told to behave themselves.

The City of Vernon is reminding residents and visitors that high water levels on local lakes have made shorelines in the vulnerable to erosion and damage.

“Boaters and personal watercraft users should avoid creating wakes that can cause further damage to the shoreline,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, communicatons officer.

“All power boat and PWC operators are reminded to reduce their speed to 10 kilometres an hour within 30 metres of the shore.”

In addition, operators of power boats and personal watercraft on Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes are urged to use extreme caution while on the water.

“There is currently a large volume of debris in the lakes, some of which may be below the water’s surface and not visible to boat operators,” said Laing Gahr.

“This debris has the potential to damage boats and cause injury to operators, passengers or waterskiers/wakeboarders.”

For more information on vulnerable shore areas affected by wakes, see these guidelines for respectful boating.

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