Cottonwood Park Beach

Managed by The Swim Guide

BEACH INFO:
The park is a well maintained garden destination, with a walkway and viewing benches, overlooking a sandy beach with views of Osoyoos Lake.

The sandy beach, referred to as Cottonwood Beach, is one of the more popular beaches visited in the community every year. During the sunshine months, the beach and the shallow water attracts many people to the shores of the lake for swimming, boating and sunbathing.

And being that the park is within the city limits, the park is very easily accessible by car, foot and bike. But what is really admirable, is that the park was created so to be accessible by all people of all ages and disabilities. The wheelchair friendly pathway, for example, is ramped and paved while the viewing benches provide rest points for the elderly.

The Pioneer Walkway, which runs along the waterfront on Main Street, is close to Cottonwood Park. The walkway follows the shores of the lake and provides access form the park to the stores and accommodations located on Main Street in the downtown core of Osoyoos, BC.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
12°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cottonwood Park Beach is sampled weekly from June 13th to September 13th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Interior Health Authority monitors the water quality at 54 Interior region beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September).

Interior Health follows the recreational water quality criteria recommended by the the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. One sample is collected per beach per week. The geometric mean for each beach is calculated from the 5 most recent samples.
Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. The single sample criteria is 400 E.Coli/100ML. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, or the single sample result exceed 400 E.coli/100 ML, or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach. Results are communicated on the Interior Health Authority website (https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/RecreationalWater/Pages/default.aspx). To ensure consistency, Fraser Riverkeeper calculates the geometric mean result for the Interior Health samples. We update Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Interior region beaches are typically posted on Fridays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from based results collected by either the beach owner (local beach owners conduct their own beach testing and provide the sampling results to Interior Health) or Interior Health.

A beach is marked Green when geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean is equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach can also be marked red when a single sample result is equal to or above 400 E.coli/100ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Cottonwood Park Beach

Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
12°C
Clear and sunny

BEACH INFO:
The park is a well maintained garden destination, with a walkway and viewing benches, overlooking a sandy beach with views of Osoyoos Lake.

The sandy beach, referred to as Cottonwood Beach, is one of the more popular beaches visited in the community every year. During the sunshine months, the beach and the shallow water attracts many people to the shores of the lake for swimming, boating and sunbathing.

And being that the park is within the city limits, the park is very easily accessible by car, foot and bike. But what is really admirable, is that the park was created so to be accessible by all people of all ages and disabilities. The wheelchair friendly pathway, for example, is ramped and paved while the viewing benches provide rest points for the elderly.

The Pioneer Walkway, which runs along the waterfront on Main Street, is close to Cottonwood Park. The walkway follows the shores of the lake and provides access form the park to the stores and accommodations located on Main Street in the downtown core of Osoyoos, BC.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cottonwood Park Beach is sampled weekly from June 13th to September 13th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Interior Health Authority monitors the water quality at 54 Interior region beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September).

Interior Health follows the recreational water quality criteria recommended by the the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. One sample is collected per beach per week. The geometric mean for each beach is calculated from the 5 most recent samples.
Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. The single sample criteria is 400 E.Coli/100ML. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, or the single sample result exceed 400 E.coli/100 ML, or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach. Results are communicated on the Interior Health Authority website (https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/RecreationalWater/Pages/default.aspx). To ensure consistency, Fraser Riverkeeper calculates the geometric mean result for the Interior Health samples. We update Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Interior region beaches are typically posted on Fridays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from based results collected by either the beach owner (local beach owners conduct their own beach testing and provide the sampling results to Interior Health) or Interior Health.

A beach is marked Green when geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean is equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach can also be marked red when a single sample result is equal to or above 400 E.coli/100ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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