Larry Hollier and Brian Reese remove items from the Oyama channel between Kalamalka and Wood lakes.

Larry Hollier and Brian Reese remove items from the Oyama channel between Kalamalka and Wood lakes.

Oyama channel gets a clean up thanks to some friends

Lots of junk pulled from channel between Wood and Kalamalka Lakes

Some hard work means a local waterway is a little cleaner.

Members and staff of Tween Lakes Resort have been taking care of the Oyama channel for boaters for a number of years.

“The channel gets thousands of boaters passing through it as it is the only passage between Kalamalka and Wood lakes,” said Brian Reese, park manager.

Among the items recently removed from the water were old brick anchors, tires, bottles, beer cans, and sticks and logs left behind from beavers.

“You can see all of the prop nicks on the logs, and visualize the cost of repairs to the many boaters,” said member Larry Hollier.

“Five years ago, one of our members even disassembled a ship wrecked houseboat that had been abandoned years ago. It’s understood the channel is a federal waterway, and that no one stakes claims to keeping it dredged deep enough for clear passage of recreational boaters to pass through.”

The last time the channel was dredged was in 1998 at the cost of the resort community on Wood Lake.