Spotted Lake, Osoyoos
Heading into Osoyoos, look out for the "Spotted lake", it is located on the RH side, about 9kms from Town.
You can't go in, as it is located on private property, but you can get a good look from the fence.
It is worth a stop to see, as this Lake contains one of the world's highest concentrations of minerals, including epsom salts, calcium, magnesium and many other trace minerals.
The mud and waters were used to alleviate aches and pains.
Once again, before the age of modern medicine, the Indians of the Okanogan Valley used the Spotted Lake for sprains, infections, skin diseases and body aches. They immersed their bodies in the lakes waters.
Of interest was about the War years, the Indians would ask for truce, so warriors could come and heal their wounds.
During World War I, minerals from the Spotted Lake were used to make ammunition, in the factories built in the area.
In the summer the water evaporates and crystallizes, making the white-ringed spots visible.
After stopping and looking at Spotted Lake, it was time to head down the Mountain on Highway 3 to Osoyoos.
On the way down, there is a lookout, if you like taking photo's, then make sure you pull off here, as the views are fantastic of the Mountains, Lake & surrounds.
Just wish I had a digital camera with me!
This weird looking lake contains one of the highest concentration of magnesium sulfate, calcium, sodium and other rare elements, and when water evaporates with the heat, the element deposits show up in this weird formation.
This is a privately owned lake, therefore you can't get to it but you can stop by the road side and admire this natural beauty!
The most remarkable feature found near Osoyoos is the spotted. The lake's water contains very high concentrations of minerals. In the old days, Indians used the lake for bathing and healing purposes. In the summer, the water evaporates and the minerals crystalize, forming large spot-like circles on the surface of the lake.
Spotted Lake is rather hard to... spot. It's right off the highway. It is on private land so you'd have to stop on the freeway and hop out (always a dangerous proposition) to have a look. In our case, we blew right by it and ended up trying to look for it on some desolate mountain dirt road!