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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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Should go at least once

Have been here many times. It is a small pullout on the south side of the highway between Osoyoos... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
waylaidback
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Vancouver
A bit disappointing this time around

A bit disappointing because of the spring flooding, we were not able to see the spots very well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christy C
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Shag Harbour, 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 6 days ago

Have been here many times. It is a small pullout on the south side of the highway between Osoyoos and Keremeos. When the water is high you can faintly see the spots in the lake. It shows it's true beauty when there has been a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit disappointing because of the spring flooding, we were not able to see the spots very well, they were slightly visible. You can't stop mother nature, so maybe next time!

Thank Christy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A roadside attraction, it is well worth spending a few minutes here each time you pass as the lake changes over the course of the year. It is not accessible to the public, and at the present time there is no information available on site....More

Thank 28,130
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Indeed, even though I went out of my way, there was nothing much to see at this place on June 3, due to high water/flooding. BUT… 1. How does a person rate a place that is strictly private property? Perhaps the owners want a terrible...More

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When looking at the lake from the roadside pull out, the spots were not that easy to see. Perhaps the angle of the sun had something to do with it, but it was hardly worth the time to pull over and look at it.

Thank CoolCouple99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are driving by the road on your way to or from osoyoos then you can stop by to look at the lake. In the summer you can see the spots more clearly, When we visited in may you could see the spots but...More

Thank Hussain M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived at side of the road. Gate locked blocking access. Lake flooded and rings barely visible. I understand now that you must go at the end of the dry season when the lake dries up to see the "spots". For us a waste of time!

2  Thank peterhN4599JM
Reviewed 18 May 2017

You can only view from the side of the highway, pending planned improvements, but the lake is very unusual and memorable. The family of marmots that live in the rocks by the road kept us entertained, too!

1  Thank Stevezzz13654
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Stopped here for a quick look as we were driving around the Osoyoos area. Not too colourful in winter time. Still quite interesting seeing it, and reading about it at the information area.

1  Thank travelling_greg
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I understand that they are in the process of setting this location up to be more tourist friendly, but it would be nice if there was more info into how the lake exists etc

1  Thank Jeanette O
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Kristine H
Is it legal to take a dip?
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
What is the best time of year to photograph Spotted Lake?
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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