Time to get on with summer

As Okanagan Lake recedes toward its normal summer level, at least one Kelowna councillor believes it's time to enjoy the lake again.

Coun. Brad Sieben told his fellow councillors Monday there aren't as many people out on the lake enjoying the water as there should be.

Lake activity has been curtailed as officials put out continuous warnings to "slow down" on the water, and "go wake free."

"The no-wake thing is key," said Sieben, "but in the middle of the lake, we can get on with summer."

Sieben said he met friends from out of town on the weekend who were wondering just what they could do on the lake.

"You see our lake right now, how few people are on it. These are folks wondering if they can still paddleboard on it, that sort of thing. I think it's important for everybody to know it's time to get on with summer."

Sieben said the only problem he was aware of on the weekend was a commercial operator buzzing the shore near where he docks his boat.

He says if people are respectful on the lake, there's no reason they can't enjoy the water as they normally would.

"Certainly, you can use your boat, but do it in a respectful way, which people should do all the time anyway."

Okanagan Lake is less than 40 centimetres above its normal summer full pool level. That's expected to be reached by early August.

By then, beaches and parks will all be open, and lake operation will be back to normal.

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