Robert Lake

Although normally lakes are provincially-owned, Robert Lake in the Glenmore area of Kelowna is actually owned by the property owners around it, with each owning a portion of the lake that abuts their land. It’s believed this is because the lake occasionally dries up. However, it is unique habitat for wildlife, particularly birds, and it is a popular spots from birders, both local ones, and visitors to the area.

In the early 1960s the highways ministry acquired a right-of-way through the middle of the lake. All properties on the eastern shore are serviced by a private road along the lakeshore. In 1998, Karen Frost, who owned land on the western shore, agreed to sell five acres of foreshore and lake bottom to COLT. About $20,000 of the purchase price came from a single donor in memory of her father, Charlie Clarke.

Since the Regional District needed to subdivide the property for the sale to be complete, the property title went to the Regional District with a covenant held by COLT to ensure it remains in its natural state.

The Regional District has erected an information kiosk there, along with a viewing site that respects wildlife. There is an agreement with the Regional District, that the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club will be consulted on the management of this unique feature of the valley.

A baseline inventory of the property’s natural features was completed in November, 2004.