Shuswap Lake

A boat is cleaned off at one of B.C.'s watercraft inspection stations in 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap group asks B.C. government for more resources to keep invasive mussels out of province

Infestation could cost Okanagan taxpayers alone $42 million annually

 

As this common merganser surfaces with a small carp in its bill, another merganser tries to steal the fish near the Salmon Arm wharf. (John G. Woods photo)

Column: ‘Fish ducks’ put on quite a show near Salmon Arm wharf

Nature Watch by John G. Woods

  • Nov 12, 2022

 

This preliminary drawing of Canoe Beach was provided in the 2016 Canoe Beach Park Plan that Urban Systems consultants created for the City of Salmon Arm. 
(City of Salmon Arm graphic)

Rotary club’s plans to fund swimming dock at Canoe Beach stalled by province

Salmon Arm city staff told it will be a year before ministry can look at application

This preliminary drawing of Canoe Beach was provided in the 2016 Canoe Beach Park Plan that Urban Systems consultants created for the City of Salmon Arm. 
(City of Salmon Arm graphic)
The third lake in Momich Lake Provincial Park where the fire reached the south shoreline and most of the hillsides are burnt. (Jim Cooperman photo)
The third lake in Momich Lake Provincial Park where the fire reached the south shoreline and most of the hillsides are burnt. (Jim Cooperman photo)
This wine glass of algae dipped from Shuswap Lake was taken in Sunnybrae, about 40 feet from shore, on Aug. 22, 2022. (Linda Franklin photo)

Ministry asked to ‘act quickly’ to restore Shuswap Lake health after algal blooms

Lake experiences two large algal blooms in three years, 2020 and 2022

This wine glass of algae dipped from Shuswap Lake was taken in Sunnybrae, about 40 feet from shore, on Aug. 22, 2022. (Linda Franklin photo)
The District of Sicamous entered into a phased development agreement with numbered company 443602 BC Ltd, for development of Twin Anchors' 276-slip marina and boat launch facility in Old Town Bay in February 2016. (File photo)

Sicamous council amends development agreement for Old Town Bay Marina

Councillors raise concern over allowing commercial repairs by public boat launch

The District of Sicamous entered into a phased development agreement with numbered company 443602 BC Ltd, for development of Twin Anchors' 276-slip marina and boat launch facility in Old Town Bay in February 2016. (File photo)
Water quality grant funding available through the Shuswap Watershed Council has gone to projects in Malakwa along the Eagle River and at Gardom Lake. (File photo)

Homeowners, industry encouraged to take action to protect water quality in the Shuswap

Shuswap Watershed Council releases Phosphorus Action Plan

Water quality grant funding available through the Shuswap Watershed Council has gone to projects in Malakwa along the Eagle River and at Gardom Lake. (File photo)
2010 was a banner year for the Adams River salmon run, with an estimated 3.86 million late-run sockeye returning to spawn. (Jim Cooperman photo)

Late-run sockeye salmon run expected to peak this week at Tsústwecw Provincial Park

Number of salmon entering Adams River for this dominant year follows pattern of diminishing returns

  • Oct 10, 2022
2010 was a banner year for the Adams River salmon run, with an estimated 3.86 million late-run sockeye returning to spawn. (Jim Cooperman photo)
These young Western Grebes stay close to their parents for protection and food during their first weeks of life on Salmon Arm Bay. (Jim Walton photo)

Column: Good news from Salmon Arm’s Western grebe colony

Nature Watch by John G. Woods

  • Oct 7, 2022
These young Western Grebes stay close to their parents for protection and food during their first weeks of life on Salmon Arm Bay. (Jim Walton photo)
These are some of the buoys seized in 2022 from Shuswap Lake by Transport Canada due to non-compliance with regulations. (Photo courtesy Transport Canada)

Owners remove, fix buoys in Shuswap Lake to avoid Transport Canada removal

Regional district pleased 80 per cent of buoys not in compliance either gone or fixed

These are some of the buoys seized in 2022 from Shuswap Lake by Transport Canada due to non-compliance with regulations. (Photo courtesy Transport Canada)
Water levels have dropped in the Adams River due to the drought, thus exposing large areas of spawning beds. (Jim Cooperman photo)

Column: Uncertainty surrounds this year’s Adams River salmon run

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

  • Oct 5, 2022
Water levels have dropped in the Adams River due to the drought, thus exposing large areas of spawning beds. (Jim Cooperman photo)
The Legendary Lake Monsters packed Song Sparrow Hall for Celebrate Shuswap Society’s inaugural dance party on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm dance party to benefit Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail

Nelson band The Hillties to take the stage for Celebrate Shuswap fundraiser

  • Oct 5, 2022
The Legendary Lake Monsters packed Song Sparrow Hall for Celebrate Shuswap Society’s inaugural dance party on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Bernice Jensen and her All My Relations Dance Group include, Junior Jensen, who was given a drum when he was a toddler and, at 16, sings his own songs, including the Salmon Journey Song. To the right of Junior are Sue Oliverius, Jewel Jensen, Lakeesha and Stephane Richard. The group performed on the Storyteller Stage at the Reclamation Day at Tsútswecw Provincial Park on Sept. 30. (Barb Brouwer photo)

Thousands of people, few salmon, arrive for start of Sepwépemc celebration at Tsústwecw Provincial Park

High daytime temperatures, low water levels may be delaying return of salmon

Bernice Jensen and her All My Relations Dance Group include, Junior Jensen, who was given a drum when he was a toddler and, at 16, sings his own songs, including the Salmon Journey Song. To the right of Junior are Sue Oliverius, Jewel Jensen, Lakeesha and Stephane Richard. The group performed on the Storyteller Stage at the Reclamation Day at Tsútswecw Provincial Park on Sept. 30. (Barb Brouwer photo)
To mark this dominant year of the Adams River sockeye salmon run, the Little Shuswap Lake Band is hosting a series of Indigenous cultural events at Tsútswecw Provincial Park from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. (File photo)

We are all related: 5-Band Salute to celebrate Secwépemc culture, return of sockeye salmon

Salute begins Friday with cultural demonstrations, storytelling, walking tours

  • Sep 29, 2022
To mark this dominant year of the Adams River sockeye salmon run, the Little Shuswap Lake Band is hosting a series of Indigenous cultural events at Tsútswecw Provincial Park from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. (File photo)
Astri Langford and Norma Leslie, dressed in their RCMSAR (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue) Station 106 Shuswap T-shirts and sensible pants, dropped in to the popular She Shoe Swaps shoe sale Saturday, Sept. 24, at the indoor arena in Salmon Arm to try on some nonsensible shoes. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shopping at She Shoe Swaps for perfect ‘RCMSAR princess’ shoes

Many people came to have fun, shop and admire shoes and purses at the annual fundraiser

Astri Langford and Norma Leslie, dressed in their RCMSAR (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue) Station 106 Shuswap T-shirts and sensible pants, dropped in to the popular She Shoe Swaps shoe sale Saturday, Sept. 24, at the indoor arena in Salmon Arm to try on some nonsensible shoes. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
This hatching-year Least Sandpiper at Christmas Island is in constant motion as it searches for food. 
(John G. Woods photo)

Column: Salmon Arm Bay provides a bonanza for migrating shorebirds

Nature Watch by John G. Woods

  • Sep 17, 2022
This hatching-year Least Sandpiper at Christmas Island is in constant motion as it searches for food. 
(John G. Woods photo)
A rim trail that runs along the top of Black Point Peninsula offers a 
spectacular view of Mara Lake. (Jim Cooperman photo)

Column: Exploring Black Point Peninsula on Mara Lake

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

A rim trail that runs along the top of Black Point Peninsula offers a 
spectacular view of Mara Lake. (Jim Cooperman photo)
The devastation at the north end of Hunakwa Lake where the trail was slated to go. (Jim Cooperman photo)
The devastation at the north end of Hunakwa Lake where the trail was slated to go. (Jim Cooperman photo)
Although water tests near the Salmon Arm wharf and at Canoe Beach show no harmful toxin as of Aug. 19, a cautionary advisory issued by Interior Health to avoid contact with the algal bloom remains. (File photo)

Good news: Algae tests in two areas of Shuswap Lake don’t contain toxin

People still advised to avoid swimming or contact with bloom in areas where it can be seen

Although water tests near the Salmon Arm wharf and at Canoe Beach show no harmful toxin as of Aug. 19, a cautionary advisory issued by Interior Health to avoid contact with the algal bloom remains. (File photo)