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.
Public Meeting of the International Osyoos Lake Board of Control - September 17, 2019
The 2018 public meeting of the International (IJC) Osoyoos Lake Board of Control has been scheduled for the evening of September 17, 2019 at the Sonora Community Centre (Gymnasium), 5805 68 Avenue, Osoyoos, BC from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Zosel Dam Emergency Contacts
Contact Zosel Dam Operations in case of an emergency
Call for website photos!
The International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control is seeking digital photo submissions from members of the public for posting to this website. Specifically, we are accepting submissions of high quality scenic photos for use as home page sliders. Please see the attached submission criteria here and send us your best Osoyoos Lake pics!