Osoyoos Lake State Veterans Memorial Park - Washington

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Park Overview

Osoyoos Lake State Veteran's Memorial Park is a 47-acre camping park on a 14-mile-long lake that stretches several miles north into British Columbia. Located in the midst of a hot and arid environment, the park provides welcome respite with its sandy shores, green lawns and shade trees. A war veteran's memorial is in the park.

History

The park's full name is Osoyoos Lake State Veteran's Memorial Park because some of the land was given to the state by the American Legion. In 1998, veterans groups donated a plaque and memorial that dedicate the park to all veterans who served their country in war and peace. The lake originally was called "Soyoos," meaning "The Narrows," by Native Americans. The area was historically used by Native Americans as a campsite and for horse races. In the mid-19th century, the same area was used by miners and cattle drivers following the Caribou Trail north to the Fraser River gold fields in Canada.

Park Features

Known as "the warmest lake in Canada," Osoyoos Lake is a favorite for water sports. Shady trees and sandy shore combat the summer heat, while skating, snow playing and Ice fishing add spice to the winter. The park features a war veterans memorial.

Interpretive opportunities

The Ranald McDonald Grave Heritage Area is an hour's drive from Oroville, three miles south of the Midway Border Station at Midway, B.C. McDonald was an adventurer from the area who found his way into Japan in the mid-1800's.

Physical Features

14-mile-long Osoyoos Lake is formed by the Okanogan River widening south of the Canadian Rockies. The park has expansive lawns leading down to the sandy shore of the lake. Shade is provided by willow trees.

The area is hot and dry in the summer, with usual temperatures of 80 to 90 degrees. The area's average annual rainfall is13 inches, with 10 inches of cool-weather snowfall.

Free guided public tours take place weekends.

Directions

Located 1/4 mile north of Oroville, Wash., near the Canadian border in Okanogan County.

From Canada:

Travel south on Hwy. 97. The park is on the left across from Prince's Department Store, just north of Oroville.

From the south:

Travel north on Hwy. 97. Pass through Oroville, and look for the park on the right, across from Prince's Department Store.

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