The Marina - Osoyoos, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 02.255 W 119° 27.870
11U E 319883 N 5434559
Quick Description: This small marina was completed in 2012 and opened for use in the spring of that year.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 12/13/2015 7:26:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMQ3RP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
Views: 1

Long Description:
The 32 slip marina with adjacent boat launch ramp was intended for use by residents and visitors alike. Other than moorage, there are not many facilities here except for washrooms, a nearby boat launch ramp and vehicle/trailer parking. The marina is fenced, offering some security for boats moored within.

The Town leases slips on a seasonal basis. Of the 32, eleven slips are leased to individuals for private use, four slips are leased for commercial purposes to Osoyoos Marine Boat Rentals and one slip is reserved for the RCMP. Contact Watermark Beach Resort to rent a slip daily or weekly (250.495.5500). An informational plaque stands in front of the marina, revealing a bit of the story of the facility, text from which appears below.

The Marina - Recreation on the water

In the mid-1950s boats and marine equipment were a luxury for most families, but the Compeau, Thebes, Patterson and Lacey families of Osoyoos pooled funds to buy what is regarded as Osoyoos Lake's first "ski boat." The craft was named Cherribob. The first homes and docks along the lake-shore began to appear in the late 1950s. In spring 1959, residents including the Goodman, Robb, Lacey, Clark, Wells, and Balogh families formed the South Okanagan Aquatic Club with the goal of building a harbour out of a slough where today's Desert Sunrise Marina is located. The Club received $1000 from the Town and began draining and dredging the pond. The Town opened the marina in June 1961 with a 200 foot dock and a concrete launching ramp. Moorage was set at $10 annually. On the northern spit there was gas service and boat repair by Kurt Reinhold but it was removed in the mid-1990s.

With the dawn of a regular tourism season, motels made rental boats available. Then in the 1970s visitors began bringing in their own boats. Higher power, wake-creating ski boats gradually became popular, and towable inflatables and wakeboarding appeared on the lake in the 1980s.

In 2006 the Town of Osoyoos and Osoyoos Shoreline Developments, the developers of Watermark Beach Resort, agreed to a no-moorage covenant to ensure that the waterfront lands at the southern end of Watermark would not be used for boat moorage. Instead, the two groups entered into a partnership to build a new marina. Dredging began in early 2011 and in time for the summer brand-new boat launches were ready, and then for the spring of 2012 the 32-slip marina and boat launch dock were completed. The marina provides an exciting addition to Osoyoos' recreational attractions for residents and visitors alike.

Photo goes Here

Where is Marina Located: Lake

Physical Address:
8215 Spartan Drive Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0

Public or Private: Public/Municipal Owned

Boating and Fishing Supplies: no

Fuel: no

Restaurant Available: no

Boat related repairs: no

Marina website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
There must be at least one photograph. Visits without comments or photographs may be deleted without notice.
Search for... Google Map
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Marinas
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
There are no logs for this waymark yet.