Exploring the Unique and Sacred Spotted Lake (Kliluk)

The Spotted Lake, also known as Kliluk, is a unique body of water located between the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys in British Columbia’s desert region. It features distinctive patterns due to the high concentrations of minerals, including magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium sulfates, as well as traces of silver and titanium. During the summer months, when water evaporates, these minerals are visible in the form of “spots” on the lake’s surface.

However, access to the lake is restricted by a fence and it is not recommended to trespass on this delicate natural wonder. Historically, the salts found in the lake were used in the production of explosives during World War I. The lake holds spiritual significance to First Nations people in both Canada and the United States, and is surrounded by cairns, which are rock piles often used to mark graves.

A roadside sign now informs visitors that the lake is a cultural and ecologically sensitive area, as well as a traditional medicine lake for the Okanagan Syilx people. To protect the lake from potential liabilities of public access, a fence has been put in place and visitors can only view the lake from the outside.

16300 Crowsnest Hwy
Osoyoos, British Columbia, V0H 1V5

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