Revamped Shelter Bay boat launch opened

The new boat launch at Shelter Bay Provincial Park was officially opened on Saturday.

From left: Peter Bernacki (Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club)

The new boat launch at Shelter Bay Provincial Park was officially opened on Saturday.

BC Hydro completed work on upgrade to the park this spring — three weeks ahead of schedule. Representatives from BC Hydro, the BC Liberal government, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club were on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

“We are very pleased to meet our commitments to provide and improve boater access to Arrow Lakes Reservoir under our water licence and the Columbia River Water Use Plan,” stated Chris O’Riley, the deputy CEO of BC Hydro. “We would like to thank communities and boaters for their support while the construction work was underway.”

BC Hydro announced plans to upgrade Shelter Bay last summer. The work involved repairing the boat launch, upgrading the water break, expanding the number of parking spaces to 32, re-designing the turnaround area, and replacing the walkway with a floating one.

BC Hydro says the launch can support boats up to 9.3 metres long, 3.1 metres wide, with a one metre maximum draft and weighing four tonnes.

BC Hydro said this spring’s dry weather and low water levels allowed the construction team to finish the work three weeks early. The project also came in at $1 million less than the $2.4 million budgeted.