Boating on Okanagan Lake
Lake Okanagan is a very large lake at 135km long and 4-5km wide.
Vernon is at the North end, Penticton in the South, with Kelowna roughly in the middle to the West and the smaller Communities of West Kelowna, Peachland and Summerland along the way on the West side. The water starts warming up around the end of June and is just warm enough to jump in around the beginning of July to cool off. Isolated beaches, quiet bays, and sheltered coves are just a few things that you will find out enjoying the day on the boat. There are tons of rental companies, yacht clubs and marinas that you will find along the shorelines in both directions. At La Casa Cottage Resort, we sell boat slips for our guests to bring their own boats. We also have a marina and a boat launch for them to use. More details on boat slips and boat rentals can be found on our Activities page.
Whether it is windy and wavy, or calm and hot, you will always find many boaters out enjoying the water. Since this is such a big lake, and so many people like to enjoy it, you have to be aware of your surroundings and of other boaters. When you’re out boating, you never want to forget the necessities like food/water, lifejackets and most importantly sun screen. The Okanagan sun is very hot and if your not wearing sunscreen for the day out on the lake you will get burnt badly. Just like any lake, there are beaches that you can only get to by boat. You can find a couple of these along the West side of the lake near Kelowna and up towards Vernon. Being out on the boat and seeing all the wildlife in their natural habitat is truly beautiful. You may have the chance to see bears, deers, moose, and big horn sheep, to name a few.
Okanagan Lake is a boating and sailing paradise.
Written by Megan Harder