Penticton Channel float company delays opening

High water and fast currents is making the Okanagan River Channel unsafe for now

Coyote Cruises, which is owned and operated by the Penticton Indian Band, will be postponing opening due to the high and swift water of the River Channel, personal safety is a priority.

The Penticton Indian Band, City of Penticton and Coyote Cruises are working collaboratively to bring awareness and education to all persons who utilize the River Channel and Coyote Cruise services.

The company warns that with the flood control dam at Okanagan Lake adding to the water levels and flow speed, new undercurrents may be present.

Wednesday, a man was drowned in the channel after becoming entangled in the ropes tying his raft together. Authorities have issued warnings about the dangers.

In the interest of public safety and with support of local authorities, it is advised that people use extreme caution when utilizing both the Okanagan River Channel waterway and banks.

As a safety precaution, for those using the channel;

  • use lifejackets or personal floatation device
  • do not tie floatation devices together or to your body
  • do not float alone
  • if entering the water, ensure you can reach your floatation device at all times
  • stay clear of bridge pilings
  • due to strong currents-do not float into Skaha Lake. Recommended to disembark at the mid-point.
  • alcohol consumption is prohibited

The City of Penticton has plenty of entertainment available for visitors and locals alike this weekend as alternatives. There is Canada Day 150 celebrations in Gyro Park, the Scottish Festival at King’s Park, and Ribfest at Okanagan Lake Park. For your fresh-water enjoyment our region boasts some of the world’s best beaches.

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