Here’s some news boaters have been waiting to hear. Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park and its main boat launch will open in a limited capacity on Friday, August 4th in time for the BC Day holiday weekend.
Boaters should be aware the amount of parking available will be substantially reduced and should they park along Okanagan Centre Road West, obey posted signage and the District of Lake Country requires that you park completely off the travelled portion of the road, along the shoulder to the right of the white road edge line. DO NOT PARK contrary to the flow of traffic.
Following an assessment of the shoreline, parking area and south access road, Regional Parks staff determined this area sustained too much erosion and damage during the historically high Okanagan Lake water levels to be safe for use. It will require extensive repair and recovery before it will return to full, normal operational use. A recovery plan is being prepared with the hope that much of the work will be funded by Provincial Disaster Assistance Program.
A number of other Regional District parks remain closed as a result of erosion damage from flooding and record lake water levels or the ongoing extreme fire danger. For your safety, please stay out of any closed parks. Violators could be fined $500.