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PHOTOS: Bird's eye view of Kelowna's snowpack

As the winter's snowpack continues to melt at high elevation areas surrounding the Okanagan, water runoff is having a dramatic effect on lake levels.

To capture a first-hand look at how much snow is left in the mountains, the KelownaNow team took to the sky with Ikon Adventures last evening to capture some photos of the snowpack that feeds into the Okanagan Water Basin.

The journey began at Kelowna International Airport before heading up north towards Vernon over Duck, Wood and Kalamalka Lake.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> Thanks for the lift Ikon Helicopters!

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> The south end of Wood Lake by Turtle Bay Marina in Lake Country.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> The isthmus between Wood and Kalamalka Lake at Tween Lakes Resort.

After Kalamalka Provincial Park, the helicopter took a turn east then south towards the mighty Greystokes, where much of the snowpack is stored that feeds into Mission Creek and then Okanagan Lake.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> The Greystokes, the headwaters for Mission Creek

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> The Greystokes, the headwaters for Mission Creek

The KelownaNow team then visited Big White, which drains into the Kettle River, to gauge how much snow has melted at higher elevations.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow - Big White drains into the Kettle River

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> The t-bar lift on southern face of Big White.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> The Cliff Chair on the north face of Big White.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow - McCulloch Lake

Finally, the helicopter traveled back up north and assessed the lake level along Okanagan Lake's shoreline.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> Mission Creek draining into Okanagan Lake in Lower Mission.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> The docks at the Hotel Eldorado.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> Most docks in the Lower Mission are submerged.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow. </who> Flood guards along Waterfront Park by Tugboat Bay.

Click here for the full photo gallery of close to 200 photos!

Video: A bird's eye view of Kelowna's snow packs

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