Osoyoos Lake Oroville Washington/British Columbia
2000 acre International Lake
300 days of sunshine!
Osoyoos Lake is an International Lake and has no restrictions regarding Ski Boats or Jet Skis, unless you cross the border. Contact Canada Imigration or the US customs for the proper paper work and directions for crossing the border in a boat!
There are several new Developments springing up all over the Lake. Osoyoos Lake is 5,723 acres, 2,036 of which are in the U.S. The deepest point of the lake sits at 65' deep making it one of the shallower lakes in the region. The maximum level of the lake is 912.78' in elevation, but fluctuates in the fall/winter down to 909.46'. The normal low water elevation of Osoyoos Lake is maintained by the Zosel Dam at Oroville, Washington. Anglers can expect good catches of hatchery and naturally-reproducing rainbows and kokanee. Trout to 14 inches and larger can be caught, with kokanee running 10 to 14 inches. This lake also offers some good largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing during the spring and summer, and good yellow perch fishing in winter as well as cat fish. This is a year around fishing lake. City park facilities are available. There is a boat Launch at the City Park as well as at Deep Bay Park operated by the City of Oroville. There is newly annexed property to the City of Oroville.
Lake Osoyoos is approximately 15 miles long with 7 miles on the US side of the border. There are lots of areas to play in on your ski boat, jet ski, canoe, wind surf board, row boat, luxury boat or just plain swimming on the US side alone.
On Lake Osoyoos' shores, sits the growing Resort Town of Oroville, WA. This community has recently been discovered by new retirees, Lakefront vacationers, winter sports enthusiast and lovers of nature. The Oroville area's climate is ideal for 4 seasons of different sports! Year around there is very little humidity; the arid climate is created by the Cascade mountain range to the west. The average annual rainfall is 9.8 inches. The average annual snowfall is 2.1 inches. It can easily get up to 4 feet of snow just 20 minutes to the east or west of the Okanogan Valley. Oroville is in a banana belt and usually does not have snow that stays all winter. It will snow up to a foot and usually melts off in the next two to three weeks. Because of the dryness of the air, we see a lot of people that are afflicted with arthritis being advised by their doctors to move to our area. We are the fortunate few that enjoy 2039 hours of sunshine a year. Very little, if any, fog, even though we have two rivers coming together here in the valley. The Similkameen, that flows from Canada to the west and the Okanogan that widens to create Lake Osoyoos. When it is cloudy here, it is typically either raining in the summer or snowing in the winter, then it is sunny! The average High Tempature in January is 32F, the average high temperature in July is 84F. We share Lake Osoyoos to our Canadian neighbors to the north. On the north side of the border, on Lake Osoyoos, sits the Town of "Osoyoos", population 4800. This bustling resort town boasts it's unique desert-like weather as being Canada's "Lake Tahoe". The only Desert (fauna that includes a type of cactus) in the whole country is in the area surrounding Osoyoos.
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