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Spotted Lake

Okanagan Valley | Property of the Okanagan Nation. Access Denied for Environmental Reasons, Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
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Very cool!

Something out of the ordinary! Made me think of something out of this world, alien, worth a look... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joe B
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Really only a photo opportunity

The lake is owned by the Okanagan First Nation so you can really only take pictures from the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
nancybCancun
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West Kelowna, Canada
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Okanagan Valley | Property of the Okanagan Nation. Access Denied for Environmental Reasons, Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Something out of the ordinary! Made me think of something out of this world, alien, worth a look .....

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lake is owned by the Okanagan First Nation so you can really only take pictures from the highway, but is very unusual. It has great potential for education, so hopefully the band will capitalize on this and develop it that way.

Thank nancybCancun
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Spotted lake is beautiful. It is amazing that Mother Nature created such a lake. It is on reserve land and you can not go near the lake. You view it from a viewpoint on the side of the highway. It is considered a sacred lake...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Very badly signed. We saw it from the road and thought it looked interesting, so we turned around to check it out. It's really different and I'd never seen anything like it before. I wish they would explain why the circles form, as the sign...More

Thank Vanessa-Turista
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Yes, it's weird. But you can't get close enough to actually investigate so . . Your "visit" is a 10 minute rest and photo stop. That's it.

Thank szalanc
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Located just outside of Osoyoos on the Crowsnest Highway is the Spotted Lake site which was not well advertised. We would never have found it if we had not researched it. There was a white arch which we pulled up at. There was no car...More

Thank TassieTravellers99
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Been here many times, unfortunately the summer of 2017 doesn't show the Lake well due to the heavy spring melt. It should be better again in August. I recommend stopping here and reading up on this great phenomenon.

Thank Gretz
Reviewed 10 July 2017

It has been a wet winter and spring, so there was a bit too much water in the lake for the spots to truly shine, but we could see the outlines of them from the road. Once the place gets built properly, this could be...More

1  Thank Randy S
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We saw a typical signboard indicating a place of interest along the road, turned round, turned off the paved road and saw the sign for Spotted Lake. After reading the blurb, we continued with the gravel road in search of the lake. Well, the road...More

Thank sbm007363
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

There has been quite a bit of rain in the area and the Spotted Lake is full. I understand that this lake needs to have less water for the spots to highlight. Go passed it and stop for 5 minute and you can be the...More

Thank Stephne A
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Kristine H
9 September 2016|
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Response from hope2like | Reviewed this property |
The area is fenced off at some distance away from the lake. Best activity would be photography with a long lens!
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kenpaulrosenthal
Hello, I'm a San Francisco, California-based photographer who would like to visit Spotted Lake near Osoyoos during the week of August 15 OR the week of August 22. I know the color and dryness of the lake bed are subject to the whims of nature. But I'd like to purchase my ticket very soon to take advantage of the cheap fares, and would very much appreciate your thoughts about which week is better. What are the water levels like now? Ideally, I'd like the rings to be distinct with some color, and maybe a bit of water in order to pick up and sky and cloud reflections. Well aware it's a crap shoot, but given the distance I'm traveling, I'd like to make as informed a guess as possible. Lastly, can you refer me to a local naturalist or organization that has a strong interest in and knowledge of the phenomena, whom I might follow up with for advice? Thank you very much, Ken
8 June 2016|
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Response from Hawk M | Reviewed this property |
Most of the water in the lake evaporates over the summer, revealing colorful mineral deposits. Large “spots” on the lake appear and are colored according to the mineral composition and seasonal amount of precipitation.Most... More
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Dot J
16 May 2016|
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Response from johnY7709QU | Reviewed this property |
I do not know there was no water when we went. Therefore only one color when we were there. According to the B and B we stayed with the best time would be in late spring early summer.
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