Boating

Boating (Stu Salkled/Black Press Media)

Amid summer sun, officials remind public to take water safety seriously

RCMP, Search and Rescue and BC branch of Lifesaving Society offer recommendations to those water-bound

Boating (Stu Salkled/Black Press Media)
American pleasure crafts unwelcome in B.C. this year. (BP File Photo, Susan Quinn)

B.C. boaters on lookout for unwanted American travellers

Ad hoc group scanning boat data to catch boaters violating border rules during COVID-19

American pleasure crafts unwelcome in B.C. this year. (BP File Photo, Susan Quinn)
Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 had the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water all spring and up until July 22 when the launch finally reopened. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Coldstream reopens boat launches

More launches expected to ease congestion at Kekuli Bay

Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 had the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water all spring and up until July 22 when the launch finally reopened. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A new houseboat company has opened on the former Waterway property south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Houseboats/Facebook)

New houseboat company up and running on Shuswap Lake

Sicamous Houseboats has moved in to the former Waterway Houseboats property.

A new houseboat company has opened on the former Waterway property south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Houseboats/Facebook)
The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)

Okanagan and Shuswap MPs want federal funds to help stop invasive species

Concerns raised that spending favours Eastern Canada.

The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)
Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP search Kalamalka Lake Saturday evening, july 5, for a report of an abandoned Seadoo on Kalamalka Lake. Despite an extensive search of the shore from from Vernon to Oyama by boat and on the Okanagan Rail Trail, no seadoo was found. (VSAR Facebook photo)

No abandoned Seadoo found on Coldstream lake

Vernon Search and Rescue crews and RCMP unable to find reported abandoned Seadoo on Kal Lake

Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP search Kalamalka Lake Saturday evening, july 5, for a report of an abandoned Seadoo on Kalamalka Lake. Despite an extensive search of the shore from from Vernon to Oyama by boat and on the Okanagan Rail Trail, no seadoo was found. (VSAR Facebook photo)
RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)

Drunk boater facing charges after incident on Okanagan Lake

The man was reportedly operating his vessel in an erratic and dangerous manner

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 have the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

No wakeboards urged on Okanagan lakes

Lake Country councillor calls for wakeboarders to hold off during high water

Kalamalka Lake levels for June 2020 have the Kalavista Boat Launch docks under water. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The retaining wall of Coldstream residents Lauren Lypchuk and Ward Strong’s Westkal Road property is under eight inches of water due to high levels on Kalamalka Lake. Lypchuk is calling for boaters to temporarily refrain from the popular activity because of the levels to protect properties and shoreline erosion along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)

Coldstream resident asks for temporary boating refrain

Lauren Lypchuk would like boats to stay off north end of Kal Lake to protect properties, shoreline

The retaining wall of Coldstream residents Lauren Lypchuk and Ward Strong’s Westkal Road property is under eight inches of water due to high levels on Kalamalka Lake. Lypchuk is calling for boaters to temporarily refrain from the popular activity because of the levels to protect properties and shoreline erosion along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)
The District of Coldstream’s municipal offices will open June 1 amid COVID-19. (Morning Star file photo)

Coldstream boat launches closed due to high water

All boat launches at the north end of Kalamalka Lake have been closed effective immediately

The District of Coldstream’s municipal offices will open June 1 amid COVID-19. (Morning Star file photo)
The boat launch on Kildonan Avenue in Enderby has been closed due to a risk of flooding with rain expected over the weekend, the city’s Emergency Operations Centre said Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Google Maps)

Enderby boat launch closed ahead of rainy weekend

The city’s Emergency Operation Centre is addressing the risk of flooding along the river

The boat launch on Kildonan Avenue in Enderby has been closed due to a risk of flooding with rain expected over the weekend, the city’s Emergency Operations Centre said Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Google Maps)
Rob Winder took a video of some unconventional boat travel as this boater appears to have taken to the water with his trailer still attached. (Rob Winder/Facebook)

VIDEO: Boat crosses Shuswap Lake with trailer still attached

Local resident films bizarre boat. Clip viewed over 6 million times.

Rob Winder took a video of some unconventional boat travel as this boater appears to have taken to the water with his trailer still attached. (Rob Winder/Facebook)
The Regional District of North Okanagan is asking boaters to keep their wakes low near residents’ properties and the Okanagan Rail Trail to avoid erosion during high water season, May 21, 2020. (Stock photo)

North Okanagan boaters asked to keep their wakes low

RDNO says keeping wakes low near the shoreline will help reduce erosion during high water season

The Regional District of North Okanagan is asking boaters to keep their wakes low near residents’ properties and the Okanagan Rail Trail to avoid erosion during high water season, May 21, 2020. (Stock photo)
The owners of the boats which made up most of Waterway Houseboats’ rental fleet will be receiving their portion of the settlement due after flooding in 2012 temporarily crippled the business and eventually contributed to its receivership. (File photo)

Owners of Waterway houseboats receive $5,000 each after court decision

The award follows a court case which found the province and Sicamous partially responsible for flood damage

The owners of the boats which made up most of Waterway Houseboats’ rental fleet will be receiving their portion of the settlement due after flooding in 2012 temporarily crippled the business and eventually contributed to its receivership. (File photo)
The Penticton Dragon Boat community has been forced to cancel events due to COVID-19. However, they still plan on going forward with the 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival in September.(Contributed)

Penticton Dragon Boat Festival remains hopeful for 2020 event

Event organizers hope pandemic restrictions are ‘behind us’ by festival’s September date

The Penticton Dragon Boat community has been forced to cancel events due to COVID-19. However, they still plan on going forward with the 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival in September.(Contributed)
The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP launched its boat vessel to help patrol area lakes for the boating season. (RCMP photo)

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP launch patrol boat

Police happy to report long weekend boaters were practicing social distancing

The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP launched its boat vessel to help patrol area lakes for the boating season. (RCMP photo)
Long weekend launches mussel fight in Okanagan

Long weekend launches mussel fight in Okanagan

Water board urging province to implement tighter regulations to protect lakes

Long weekend launches mussel fight in Okanagan
The Kalavista Boat Launch in the District of Coldstream will be open to all users effective May 15, 2020, as part of its Phase 2 for reopening all parks and public spaces amid COVID-19. (Morning Star file)

Coldstream boat launches open, beaches remain closed

Kalavista boat launch opens May 12 for locals, May 15 for others

The Kalavista Boat Launch in the District of Coldstream will be open to all users effective May 15, 2020, as part of its Phase 2 for reopening all parks and public spaces amid COVID-19. (Morning Star file)
COVID-19: Coldstream plans on re-opening parks

COVID-19: Coldstream plans on re-opening parks

Flattening of coronavirus curve prompts district to open some spots Mid-May

COVID-19: Coldstream plans on re-opening parks
Vernon’s Alexis Park Elementary will be able to send two Grade 3 classes out on a traditional canoe expedition on Okanagan Lake, thanks to a grant from the Boating BC Association. (Kerry Hutter photo)

Vernon school collects boating grant

Alexis Park Elementary will be able to send two Grade 3 classes on canoe expedition on Okanagan Lake

Vernon’s Alexis Park Elementary will be able to send two Grade 3 classes out on a traditional canoe expedition on Okanagan Lake, thanks to a grant from the Boating BC Association. (Kerry Hutter photo)