Osoyoos Lake in the South Okanagan, is said to be the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and attracts a tremendous number of visitors in the summertime!
One of the most popular Okanagan British Columbia lakes, it is long and narrow, and is about 900 ft above sea level.
It's average depth is about 46 ft, but in the middle the lake is just over 200 feet deep.
It's origin is from the narrowing of the Okanagan River and the Canadian Rocky Mountains.The Okanagan river travels through Osoyoos, and across the Canada-US Washington State border into Orville.
It is approximately 43 km (26 miles) long and has some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the Okanagan Valley.
Unlike the clay cliffs that run along both sides of Okanagan Lake, here the lake is surrounded by pristine vineyards along it's perimeter.
The climate is dryer, considered semi-arid, and therefore the hills are more desert like.
A short drive to Anarchist Mountain lookout ,on the outskirts of Osoyoos, offers a stunning view of Osoyoos, the lake, and south into the United States.
On the northeast side of the lake are the beautiful Sonora Sand Dunes.
These dunes and desert are part of the Osoyoos Indian Reserve and in order to access them you need permission from the Inkameep Campsite (which by the way is a beautiful campground!).
Water temperature averages 24 degrees Celsius (75F).
Many boaters, skiers, and water lovers come here in the summer simply for the warmth of the water. Other recreational opportunities available include canoeing, swimming, boating, hiking, sailing and water skiing.
There are three boat launches and several marinas where you can rent boats, sea-doos, or paddle boats.
Around the lake you will find many delightful walking and hiking trails, bird viewing opportunities, golf courses, many campgrounds both provincial and private.
There are International Borders on Osoyoos Lake.....
Because the lake extends into Washington State, there are penalties for crossing into U.S. waters without prior border approval.
Waters are patrolled by Customs Agents. Visitors should be aware of the boundaries and regulations. You can find out more information at any local marina in the town of Osoyoos.
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