Wood Lake, British Columbia, Canada

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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.

Things to do at Wood Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Provincial Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Wood Lake

  • Kamloops
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout

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    Wood Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 2,224 acres

    Shoreline Length: 8 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,283 feet

    Average Depth: 71 feet

    Maximum Depth: 112 feet

    Water Volume: 161,737 acre-feet

    Water Residence Time: 16.9 years

    Drainage Area: 73 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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