Okanagan British Columbia
Skaha Lake, one of the wonderful British Columbia lakes in the Okanagan Valley, lies between the south end of the city of Penticton and Okanagan Falls BC.
Popular for camping, boating, kite surfing and water sports, there are a number of campground resorts and excellent campsites along the hillsides and shorelines surrounding the lake.
Skaha is a much smaller lake than Lake Okanagan, and was officially given it's name in 1930 by the BC Government.
Historical maps from 1930 and earlier labeled this lake "Dog Lake", which was translated to "Skaha" from the language of the aboriginal ancestors of the Okanagan.
Approximately 12 km long (7.5 miles) and 2 km wide (1.5 miles), in comparison to Okanagan Lake, it's neighbor, it is much less overwhelming if you're not used to being out on large bodies of water.
It's depth is about 54 meters (177 ft), and there's no lake monster here!
Skaha lake is a popular wind surfing and kite surfing lake, particularly at the north end which borders the city of Penticton.
On any given windy day, it's a delightful show of colorful kites, cutting the waves and flying about the shores along the beaches in Penticton.
It's quite a treat to watch these boats out on the lake racing or practicing this historical sport, and watching a race is even more exciting!
Camping On Skaha Lake
There are several beautiful camping spots along BC highway 97 between Penticton and OK Falls, near Kaleden BC and along the Kettle Valley Trail.
One of our favorite camping spots in the South Okanagan is Banbury Greens, along the Skaha lake shoreline near Kaleden, where the kids can swim, bike and fish.
At night we can see the city lights and still feel as though we are far far away from town!
There are also RV parks, both on and off the shores, as well as provincial campgrounds near the waters with access to the Kettle Valley for biking and hiking.Campgrounds:
Banbury is a pet-friendly family RV park and campground is 3 miles (4kms) south of Penticton in the community of Kaleden.
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