The legend of Ogopogo or Naitaka as the First Nations people call it has been around for centuries. The First Nations people used to sacrifice a chicken to the lake spirit to ensure a safe crossing of Lake Okanagan. As Europeans began to settle along the banks of the lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada they heard the story of the lake monster.
Lake Okanagan is a large, 135 km long body of water that is between 4 and 5 km wide. The lake is deep, in some places 840 feet deep with an average depth of 249 feet. The lake is bordered by the communities of Penticton, Summerland, Peachland, and Kelowna in British Columbia. The Okanagan Valley is a naturally beautiful area with hot summers that help create the abundant harvests in the orchards and wineries of the area.