In 2011, a Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) project was completed for the entire foreshore of Okanagan Lake as part of a regional process led by the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program. This comprehensive study is available below.

This Foreshore Inventory and Mapping project addresses the status of Okanagan Lake foreshore. It provides an easily accessible inventory of land use, shore type, riparian condition and anthropologic alterations throughout the study area.

What did it find?

Full results can be seen in the complete Report, but of note, docks were the most common modification observed along Okanagan Lake, numbering more than 2,700. Retaining walls were the second most predominant modification, with close to 1,800 observed and occupying nearly 20% of the length of the lake and with some extending into the lake. In total, modification of the lakebed in some form was observed along 47% of the shore length.

What will it be used for?

Data will aid in developing strong land-use policies, regulations and standards and is intended to increase long-term environmental planning  and protection of aquatic and riparian habitat. The project will also serve as a benchmark by documenting current foreshore conditions and it will aid in foreshore protection initiatives. 

Central Okanagan Foreshore Inventory and Mapping documents

If you are looking to access the Foreshore Inventory & Mapping / Aquatic Habitat Index, please contact Community Planning at 250-469-8626. The 2010 FIM project builds on the  Foreshore Inventory and Mapping project which was completed for the Central Okanagan area only.