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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 interesting site!

While we were able to stop here and see the lake, there is little parking and only a sign with... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Debbie M
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Swift Current
Beautiful view

Closed at the present time due to work being done to renovate the road down to the park and to make... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
Elizabeth P
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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 30 March 2017

While we were able to stop here and see the lake, there is little parking and only a sign with information about the lake on it. They are planning an expansion of the parking however which is necessary.

1  Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Closed at the present time due to work being done to renovate the road down to the park and to make more space for parking and trails. But had a nice peek from right off the highway

3  Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 7 February 2017

It's unique, perhaps the only one like it on the globe. One can stop any season, any day and see it differently, depending on the amount of water there is. Unfortunately, it is not accessible for visitors, only a pullout at the highway. This is...More

Thank Merlin797
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Just west of the town of Osoyoos up towards Richter Pass on Highway 3 is Spotted lake. A natural wonder of the world as it is the only lake that has this amount of minerals in the world. It is easily viewed from Hwy.3 but...More

1  Thank Swainsons
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The spotted lake occurs because of chemicals in the soil that turns the lake white with spots. There is an information tablet on the side of the road that explains a lot about how and why the lake exists, and it's significance to the local...More

Thank Dale H
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Viewed the Spotted lake today, a sunny day in Jan, got some good pictures of the lake, even saw the spots, so awesome

Thank Mollymay2017
Reviewed 30 January 2017

It's unfortunate you can only view this in passing or from the shoulder of the highway (it's on private property). You'll have to look it up online if you want more information (it is pretty neat).

1  Thank CW I
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

It's not everyday you can see a lake with spots on it. It's not labeled well on the highway so if your driving a little quicker then the speed limit your gonna be pumpin the brakes. Close to this is a view point of the...More

Thank joeymatias
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Too bad for us the lake was completely frozen over. We could see about three tan colored spots on the lake but that was it. Otherwise it was totally white.

Thank L A
Reviewed 22 December 2016

It was worth the stop to look at the Spotted Lake. It was very interesting and worth taking photos. You can't go down to the lake, but this is understandable when you read the sign.

Thank robyn549
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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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