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Surrounded by mountains and beautiful scenery in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, Wood Lake is a 2,224-acre lake in a chain of five major recreational lakes occupying the Okanagan Valley. Wood Lake, located between the communities of Oyama and Winfield, is one of the most easily accessible lakes in the Lake Country region due to its western shore following along side Highway 97. Highway 97 connects the entire Okanagan Valley. The lake is a popular destination for canoeing and fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter.
The warm, dry climate of the Okanagan Valley offers great recreational opportunities on Wood Lake to include fishing, sailing, and swimming. The lake has an excellent reputation for Kokanee and rainbow trout. Access to Wood Lake is best from Highway 97 where there are several gravel boat launches. Along the shores of the lake are resorts, stores and other types of vacation rentals. Summer activities include boating, water skiing, cycling, in-line skating, parasailing, hiking, and fishing. Wood Lake is named after Tom Wood, who first settled on the southern end of the lake around 1860. The dry climate and suitable soil have lead to an abundance of apple orchards and vineyards located around the lake and throughout the valley.
In addition to Wood Lake, there are several recreational lakes in the area to include Duck Lake, Kalamalka Lake, and Okanagan Lake. Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park on the northeast shore of Kalamalka Lake offers excellent hiking and bird watching. Fishing is said to be very good at Ellison Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake. Snorkelers and scuba divers will want to visit Otter Bay in Ellison Provincial Park where a number of objects have been sunk to attract a variety of fish and tourists. Okanagan Lake features beautiful sandy beaches, marine campsites, mooring buoys and numerous hiking trails around the 70-mile-long lake. Bear Creek Provincial Park on the west shore of Okanagan Lake is the place to visit for camping and picnics with its beautiful beaches and rocky canyons. A group of lakes east of Lake Country, has long been recognized as one of British Columbia's finest fishing grounds. Connected by waterways and trails, this group of 20 lakes is well stocked with Kamloops trout.
If you're thinking of doing some sightseeing while in the area, Winfield is probably your best bet. Located on the shores of Wood Lake and nearby Okanagan Lake, Winfield is the southernmost of the Lake Country towns and is comprised of four communities: Winfield, Okanagan Centre, Oyama, and Carr's Landing. You can spend some time tasting and touring a local winery or head to the Lake Country Museum in Okanagan Centre which displays over 3,000 artifacts showcasing the history and heritage of the community. An ArtWalk at the Lake Country Community Complex in Winfield is held in mid September and is a unique two-day art event where over 200 artists show their best paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and more. For golfers, there are several golf courses in Winfield and in nearby Kelowna. Kelowna, the largest population center in the Okanagan Valley, is one of Canada's most popular vacation destinations.
Winter visitors to Wood Lake will enjoy skiing at two major ski areas in Winfield and cross country ski trails can be found around the lakes and at many parks. Ice fishing is also popular on Wood Lake and the surrounding lakes.
Nestled in the sunny Okanagan Valley, Wood Lake is the perfect place to enjoy a fun filled waterfront vacation or holiday.
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