CSRD boat launches open, boating-related travel discouraged

Friday, April 17, 2020

Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) boat launches remain open at this time for the use of Shuswap residents as long as physical distancing requirements are respected and public safety is maintained.

The CSRD is taking direction from Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Chief Medical Health Officer, and other provincial ministries regarding the operation of all parks, trails and recreational facilities. Currently, there has been no recommendation made to restrict boating access for recreational purposes.

That being said, Federal and Provincial leaders, as well as Medical Health Officers, are asking people to avoid all non-essential travel, which includes coming into the Columbia Shuswap Regional District to go boating. Travelling to other neighbouring communities to go boating is also not complying with the recommendations designed to keep citizens as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please help us avoid putting a strain on resources like our First Responders, health-care providers and our Search & Rescue groups, who are also trying to keep their members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it might be tempting to travel, the best choice continues to be stay at home, stay safe – and help keep those around you safe as well.

Most CSRD boat launches on Shuswap and Mara Lakes are open including:

  • Windsor Road at Swansea Point;
  • Markwart Road in Sorrento;
  • Whitehead Road in Eagle Bay;
  • Magna Bay in Celista.

The Harbour Road Boat Launch in Blind Bay remains closed at this time due to low water levels in Shuswap Lake.

Photo: Magna Bay Boat Lauch in Eagle Bay. (CSRD file photo)

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