Left Indian Rock on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 6:54AM. once I got to "-GH-bch 1" I decided to go "au natural" from that point in the trip. It was a hot day in August and a bit shaded in the morning as I kayaked along the edge of the Okanagan Lake. Thought I would record my trip with photo so I took out my cellphone and started snapping photos along the trip some of them are posted in here. I arrived at Commando Bay at 08:43AM just short of 2hrs. The water was mainly calm both ways. There were one couple there at the mainland part of the bay so I remained on the rock formation in front of the bay where I parked my kayak between the rocks and opened my thermos and had a coffee and relaxed in the sun. Having a dip in the lake when I got too hot. Didn't bother with clothes in this secluded part of the lake. No one complains if they happen to see me and there are usually not too many people along the edge of the lake due to large rocks in the water hidden under the surface along the way. After my coffees and lunch and a good time of relaxation I headed back.
*I put-in at N49 39.209 W119 37.719 (Somerset road)
*I would recommend this route if you are on a kayak or canoe. Watch for large rocks as you travel along the edge of the lake. Bring water and a lunch/snack.
*Takes about 2hours each way. 15km total (7.5km each way)My GPS said my speed was average 6kmh.
*If you are going to kayak "au natural" this is a good spot to strip N49 40.113 W119 39.262
*Large boats tend to stay away from the edge of the lake due to the rocks.*If you are going to camp, I believe there is no charge at these camp sites "Goode's Creek" "Van Hyce Beach" but I am not sure.
*GARBAGE-IN-GARBAGE-OUT! PLEASE, if you camp take your trash out with you. The route was clean when I went and it would be great if it stayed that way. :)*Most of all relax and enjoy!
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Posted By: DMP
- Wed Jun 08 00:50:14 EDT 2011
UpsideMostly calm waters. Paddling on the opposite side of the lake of the populous areas, so with easy conversation you can forget about everything
CommentI paddled to Commando Bay 2 years ago. We set off from Naramata making our trip 17km each way. We paddled in a groupo of 4 (2 kayaks, 1 canoe) and switched on the way home (so canoe-ers and kayakers switched)
This year I plan on heading to Rattlesnake Island (I really appreciate the link you added in your comments!!)
Posted By: TheOnlyGuy
- Mon Jul 21 01:08:34 EDT 2008
UpsideThanks Bookminder for your comment, I appreciate it and your time to post a comment! I have since paddled to Rattlesnake Island and have posted my log and pics etc on a site called Playak.net here is the link to my log if you are interested.
you will have to copy and past the url above. On Playak I am listed as GuyThaLizard
Have a great day! Guy
Posted By: bookminder
- Fri Mar 28 22:23:00 EDT 2008
UpsideYour post brought back great memories of a wonderful trip. That part of the lake is remarkably quiet and easy to paddle.
CommentI first canoed from Naramata to Commando Bay in August of 1971. A friend and I intended on camping in Commando Bay but the wasp population was peaking that year so we pitched our pup tent on the small rock outcropping where you had your lunch. Nice to hear that the area is still quiet and pristine.