Kalavista and Paddlewheel launches reopen

The Kalavista Drive boat launch on Kalamalka Lake and the Paddlewheel Park launch on Okanagan Lake will reopen Friday.

  • Jul. 20, 2017 11:27 a.m.

There’s some good news for boaters wanting to hit local lakes.

The Kalavista Drive boat launch on Kalamalka Lake and the Paddlewheel Park launch on Okanagan Lake will reopen Friday.

“Boaters, please make no wake to minimize damage to the shoreline and private infrastructure from wave and wash action,” said Trevor Seibel, Coldstream’s chief administrative officer.

“Natural debris floating in the lake continues to pose a safety concern.”

The Regional District of North Okanagan will reopen the Paddlewheel Park boat launch Friday at 8 a.m.

“The launch is typically busiest between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. so launching outside of these hours may result in a reduced wait time,” said Keith Pinkoski, parks manager.

In Coldstream, the Kinloch Drive launch will remain closed for now as minor repairs are needed to ensure the safety of boaters.

“The district will strive to get Kinloch open as quickly as possible,” said Seibel.

The West Kal Drive launch will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to significant structural damage that needs to be repaired.

The launches had been closed because of high water conditions on the lake.

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