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Okanagan Lake, also known as Lake Okanagan, is a large, deep lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbiamarker. The lake is 135 km long, between 4 and 5 km wide, and has a surface area of 351 kmĀ². The lake's maximum depth is 232 meters near Grant Island (also called "Whiskey Island" or "Seagull Island" by locals). there is one other island known as Rattlesnake island as well, much farther south by Squally Point. Some areas of the lake have up to 750 meters of glacial and post-glacial sediment fill which were deposited during the Pleistocene Epoch. The lake is composed of three basins, a larger North basin, a central or mid basin, and a Southern basin. The lake is drained by the Okanagan River, which exits the lake's south end in Pentictonmarker, after flowing over a small dam. Notable features of the Okanagan Valley include terraces which were formed due to the periodic lowering of the lake's predecessor, glacial Lake Penticton. These terraces are now used extensively for agriculture such as fruit cultivation.

Cities bordering the lake include Vernonmarker in the north, Pentictonmarker in the south, Kelownamarker and West Kelownamarker in the centre, as well as the smaller municipalities of Lake Countrymarker (north of Kelowna), Peachlandmarker (south of West Kelowna), and Summerlandmarker (north-west of Penticton). Various lake features include Rattlesnake Islandmarker (a small island east of Peachlandmarker), Squally Point (a popular cliff-diving area) & Fintry Deltamarker on the west side. The five-lane William R.marker Bennett Bridgemarker, a floating bridge with a high boat passage arch connects Kelownamarker to the district of West Kelownamarker and the community of Westbankmarker. This bridge replaced the three-lane floating Okanagan Lake Bridgemarker on May 30, 2008 which had a lift span for passage of large boats.

Okanagan Lake winds between Kelowna (foreground) and Westbank (background).


Many parks and beaches are found along the shores of the lake, which make boating and swimming very popular activities. The lake is home to several species of fish, including rainbow trout and kokanee. It is said by some to be home to its own sea monster - a giant serpent-like creature named Ogopogomarker.

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