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What is the must-see spot in Osoyoos and what do you recommend avoiding?

Hmm… that is tough to answer. Top of the list for must visit in Osoyoos (besides Wakepilot of course) would be either Spotted Lake or the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad.

We don’t recommend visiting what has become known as “White Sands” on Osoyoos Indian Band land. First off, it’s OIB land and they haven’t given permission for anyone to trespass there. Second, it’s not a family-friendly vibe most days. We don’t allow Wakepilot vessels to go there.

Is there an age limit?

There are no age limits with paddle craft. With motorized rentals, you must possess a driver’s licence to rent a boat
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or Sea-Doo. With our “Wakeboard and Surf Osoyoos” watersports charters, we have had guests as young as four and as old as 80 behind the boat. All of our coaches have the skills and experience to help anyone get up successfully. In all cases, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver and release of liability on your behalf if you are under 19. If you are arriving without apparent or guardian, the waiver that was provided at the time of booking must be completed in advance of your arrival.

Several people have recommended Wakepilot's charters. Do you also rent boats and jet skis?

Yes, we have runabout boats, pontoon boats and personal watercraft from Sea-Doo (often called jet skis although jet
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ski is actually a brand of stand-up personal watercraft made by Kawasaki) to rent. Prices include fuel and life vests. Wakeboards, kneeboards, combo skis and tubes are available to rent. With our signature experience, “Wakeboard and Surf Osoyoos,” you get a driver who is also your coach. These charter packages include wakeboards, water-skis, wakesurf boards, kneeboards (tubes are available with an uncharge) and of course fuel and life vests. If you are new to boating and towed watersports, we strongly suggest availing yourself of our charters. Not only is it the top-rated attraction in Osoyoos, but it is by far the safest and most hassle-free way to enjoy Osoyoos Lake. We also have stand up paddle boards and kayaks to rent too!

Some tips you should know

01.

With our "Wakeboard and Surf Osoyoos" charters, we offer pick-ups at these waterfront properties in addition to our two primary locations, Spirit Ridge and Walnut Beach

  • Casa Del Lago
  • Casa Del Mila Oro
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  • Desert Sunrise (Town) Marina (Watermark guests)
  • Holiday Inn
  • Island View RV Resort
  • La Mirada
  • Luna Rosa
  • Oasis RV Resort
  • Osoyoos Cottages (with a surcharge for transit time)
  • Safari Beach Resort
  • Sole Vita
  • Village on the Lake

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Rule of thumb for how much time to reserve

With our charters (and rentals if you’re going to lots of towing), a good rule of thumb is 30 minutes per rider. For example, if you are a family of four and
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only the kids are going to get in the water behind the boat, then an hour is a good place to start. If you are a group of eight friends and everyone is participating, we would suggest four hours. This rule of thumb can be adjusted up or down according to experience level. You may want to allow slightly more time if you are new to towed watersports. Likewise, a group of experienced riders may not need 30 minutes per person. Something to keep in mind is most people want more time not less. There’s nothing we hate more than having to return to the dock for our next group when you are just getting the hang of it!

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If you've never been wakeboarding or waterskiing, our charters are the way to do it

There is absolutely no better way to be introduced to towed watersports than in the capable hands of Wakepilot staff. We have the best boats and
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equipment on the lake, but more importantly our staff have the skills and experience to teach every level of rider. If you are thinking of renting boat and teaching the kids to ski or wakeboard with little to no experience yourself, please consider coming out on a Wakepilot charter first. THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Seriously, if you want a safe and hassle-free experience on the water, the decision is obvious. Your chances of succeeding go up exponentially with Wakepilot and you do it in style – in a brand new top-of-the-line wakeboard boat. If you want to head out on the lake with the family, wind in the hair with you at the helm, we can take of that too with one of our rental boats.

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Wakeboard before you surf

Surfing is easier than wakeboarding especially with the monster surf waves produced by our G23, but getting up on a surfer is slightly more difficult
read more…than on a wakeboard because your feet aren’t strapped in to the wakesurf board. If surfing is your goal, we suggest a wakeboard first, then we’ll move you onto surfing just as soon as you’re proficient at getting up on the wakeboard. The good news is surfing is easy behind our boats. Our G-Series Nautiques are new every year from our sponsor, Wizard Lake Marine, and incorporate the latest wave-generating technologies. These wakes are HUGE and easy to ride for all levels and sizes.

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Charter rates are not per person

Charters are priced like rentals. The boat is all yours. We will not add guests to your booking. The number of participants/passengers is limited only by
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vessel capacity so bring the whole gang even if they just want to watch! Unlike most marina/rental agencies, our rates also include fuel. Compare our rates to similar offerings in Kelowna and our rates are $100 less per hour AND include fuel (theirs don’t) AND coach/driver (theirs don’t).

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Our Locations

Spirit Ridge Beachfront
(in Nk’Mip RV Park)
8000 45 Street
Osoyoos, BC

Walnut Beach Resort
4200 Lakeshore Drive
Osoyoos, BC

Our Hours

Victoria Day to Labour Day
8:00am – 7:00pm

Labour Day to Thanksgiving
9:00am – 5:00pm

Our Number

(250) 495-4195

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regular hours and off-season.

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