International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control
The International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control (Board) was established by Order of the International Joint Commission (IJC) dated 12 September 1946 to ensure the implementation of the provisions of that Order relative to the alteration and operation of Zosel Dam. Zosel Dam was built in 1927 on the Okanogan River 2.7 km (1.7 mi) below Osoyoos Lake by the Zosel Lumber Company to create a log storage pond.
On January 31, 2013, The International Joint Commission announced that it had issued a Supplementary Order of Approval renewing the State of Washington’s authority to operate Zosel Dam and making minor modifications in how water levels on Osoyoos Lake will be managed.
Please refer to the reports section of the website for more information on studies related to the Order renewal process and other documents of relevance to the Board of Control, including annual Board reports to the IJC. The records section of the Reports page contains records of past Board meetings and relevant IJC Orders of Approval for Osoyoos Lake.
Virtual Public Meeting - held on Thursday, October 8, 2020
The International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control held its annual public meeting regarding the regulation of Osoyoos Lake water levels and the related operations of Zosel Dam by the State of Washington under the International Joint Commission’s Orders of Approval. The Board provided an overview of the role of the International Joint Commission (IJC), presented information on Okanagan and Similkameen Basin water management, including an overview of Osoyoos Lake levels for 2020 (to meeting date), and listened to questions and comments from the public regarding lake level management and the Board’s activities.
Zosel Dam Emergency Contacts
Contact Zosel Dam Operations in case of an emergency