Rattlesnake Island



Rattlesnake Island is a small island on Okanagan Lake that sits east across from Peachland, BC.

The landmark is very visible and can be seen from Hwy 97 that passes through the town.

I always find myself pulling off to the side of the road when I am in this area. The temptation of possibly experiencing an Ogopogo sighting is too much too resist. This gorgeous Island has long been known as home to the legendary Ogopogo.

There are many underwater caves around the island that could house this large sea serpent.

Because the island is only accessible by watercraft there are many boaters and kayakers who love to check out the island.

If you are visiting the area and would like to explore this island make sure to check out Peachland Water Sports where they rent out boats and jet skis.

This is on my to-do-list whenever I get a chance to stay a few days in the Peachland area.

If you do get out to the island there are many smooth warm rocks that people can lie on and and get some major suntanning in. There are also many prime spots for diving into the deep, clear waters of Okanagan Lake.

Scuba diving is very popular here, especially off the west side of the island.

The Rattlesnake Island Swim is an event that is held in August of each year. The swimmers start from the shores off of Peachland and swim the 7 km (4.4 mi) distance to the island.

The land and the shore area surrounding the island form Okanagan Mountain Park, one of several provincial parks found in the Okanagan.




Back in the 1970's Rattlesnake Island was developed as a tourist attraction which included a mini-golf course.

This was aborted after the provincial government and others stepped in and opposed the plan.

The island was purchased by the Provincial Government and was eventually incorporated into the Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park.

Check out this video which shows a man kayaking to the island and some great footage he took there. It even shows the remains of the mini-golf course.

The name the island was given was because of the grass that covers it is good for the creatures that reside here.

Many of the locals still like to call it Ogopogo Island and they probably always will.



On your visit to the Okanagan Valley make sure to stop in at Peachland and have a look across Okanagan Lake at this beautiful landmark.

Grab your camera and take some great shots of the island. Or rent a boat and take a trip over to do some exploring.

Whatever you decide to do it will make a great story when you tell your friends and family about the home of the legendary Ogopogo.


Okanagan Valley Guide will be updated regularly. Please return often or bookmark this site. I will be adding more pages of exciting information for you.

Thanks for visiting.

See you soon!




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