Wood Lake (British Columbia)

Wood Lake (British Columbia)

Infobox lake
lake_name = Wood Lake
image_lake =
caption_lake =
image_bathymetry =
caption_bathymetry =
location = Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
coords = coord|50|05|N|119|23|W|type:waterbody_region:CA-BC|display=inline,title
type =
inflow =
outflow =
catchment = 190 km²
basin_countries = Canada
length =
width =
area = 9 km²
depth = 21.5 m
max-depth = 34 m
volume = 0.1995 km³
residence_time =
shore = 13.5 km
elevation = 391 m
islands =
cities =

Wood Lake is a lake in a chain of five major lakes which occupies portions of the Okanagan Valley in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. The lakes of the Okanagan Valley were formed by about 8900 BP.

Wood Lake is immediately south of Kalamalka Lake connected to it by a dredged channel (the Oyama canal). Situated between Oyama and Winfield it has a solid reputation for rainbow trout fishing. The lake is named after Tom Wood, who settled on the south end of the lake around 1860. The dry climate and suitable soil have encouraged development of a substantial tree fruit industry around the lake and throughout the valley. The upper watershed is heavily forested and has been logged for several decades. The lower elevation of the watershed is described as a Ponderosa pine/bunchgrass community.

Physical data

*Normal range of annual water level fluctuation 1.2 m
*Number of beaches 4There is also a Wood Lake in Fraser Valley area of British Columbia.


Anonymous (1974a). Kalamalka-Wood Lake Basin Water Resource Management Study. Water Investigations Branch, British Columbia Water Resources Service, Victoria, B.C., 209 pp.

Anonymous (1974b). Limnology of the Major Lakes in the Okanagan Basin. Canada - British Columbia Okanagan Basin Agreement, Final Report, Technical Supplement V. British Columbia Water Resources Service, Victoria, British Columbia, 261 pp.

Anonymous (1974c). The Main Report of the Consultative Board. Canada - British Columbia Okanagan Basin Agreement. British Columbia Water Resources Service, Victoria, British Columbia.

Stockner, J.G. and Northcote, T.G. (1974). Recent limnological studies of Okanagan Basin lakes and their contribution to comprehensive water resource planning. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, 31, 955-976.

Walker, I. R., E. D. Reavie, S. Palmer, and R. N. Nordin, 1993. A palaeoenvironmental assessment of human impact on Wood Lake, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Quaternary International 20: 51-70.

External links

* [http://www.britishcolumbia.com/regions/towns/?townID=4052 Lake Country, British Columbia, Canada]
* [http://www.ilec.or.jp/database/nam/nam-52.html World lakes database with extensive data]
* [http://www.britishcolumbia.com/Maps/bc/town_shuswap.html Map of the area]

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