Float The Penticton River Channel
The Best Summer Penticton Attraction!
For visitors and many of us locals, the Penticton river channel, fits the best definition of leisure and fun summer activities. It's one of the hottest - or coolest ;-) - Penticton attractions and it's FREE to float!
If you're looking to take a break from the beaches, come and spend an afternoon on the river channel.
All you need is something to float on! (And safety gear, of course!)
Our kids love to swim the channel with a snorkel and mask, and watch the fish swimming along the bottom.
Us parents love to just relax and enjoy the ride!
The float starts near Okanagan Lake at the launch site on Riverside Drive.
Today, it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in Penticton, and a favorite for fun summer activities for kids!
The river channel is about 7 km (just over 4 miles) long, with a rest stop at the halfway point, at Green Mountain Road.
Depending on the speed of the water through the channel, which is controlled by the damn at Okanagan Lake, the first half usually runs a bit faster.
It's also more shallow, with some spots less than 5 feet deep.
To get to the half way point will take about an hour and a half or so, if the water levels are down and the current is slow.
The Launch Site
When the water is up, the current runs faster and it may only take you about 45 minutes. If you plan to float the entire channel, prepare for a 3 or 4 hour ride.
Fun Summer Activites For Kids - Floaty Boats Ahoy!
Many People Love To Float The Channel!
The mid point is also the pick up point if you need to catch a ride back on the river channel bus.
Almost At The Midway Point
Taking A Break
The Last Leg
The End Of The Road (or river!)
As with any water activity, please use common sense when floating the Penticton River Channel.
Although we've never experienced unusually rapid currents or excessively deep water, water levels can (and do!) rise with the outflow from the dam.
Use a life jacket! Keep your family SAFE!
Have a great time floating the channel!!
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