The real Okanagan Falls have long been submerged by the waters of Skaha Lake, which rose as a result of the construction of this small dam. The dam is located just south of the bridge along Highway 97 The dam is a vital component of the flood and irrigation controls of the region.
Okanagan Falls is a community located on the south end of Skaha Lake in British Columbia. In 2012, Okanagan Falls expressed interest in incorporating as a municipality.
Originally named Dogtown, which was derived from the name Dog Lake ("skaha" means "dog" in the Okanagan language), the current name derives from the former small set of the falls that used to lie on the Okanagan River at the outlet of the lake.