Haynes Point Provincial Park

 

Haynes Point Provincial Park is located 2 km south Osoyoos in the southern Okanagan Valley, which is home to Canada’s only true desert. The town of Osoyoos, with its many wineries and orchards, is a very popular summer destination. The campground sits on a narrow strip of land extending into the warm shallow waters of Osoyoos Lake. The lake, reputedly one of the warmest in Canada, provides the majority of recreational activities here; swimming from sandy beaches, boating, kayaking, and waterskiing can all be enjoyed. Other recreational opportunities in this park include an interpretive trail, which meanders through a marsh area separated from the lake by a beaver dam. The trail has several boardwalks and leads to a viewing platform, with excellent birdwatching opportunities along the way. The campground offers 41 campsites lightly shaded with cottonwoods and Ponderosa pines; most of the sites have direct access to the lake. This park is extremely popular in the summer months, and it is very likely you will not get a campsite here without a reservation.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - Boating Canoeing / Kayaking Waterskiing - Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 41, reservable: 41, nearest town: Osoyoos (2 km)

Additional Information

Location

Located two km South of Osoyoos off Hwy 97 onto 32nd Avenue.

Contact Information

Kaloya Contracting Ltd.
E-mail address: info@campokanagan.com
Phone: (250) 548-0076 (This is not a campsite reservations number)
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.00 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

Campground opening and closing dates: April 1 – October 13. Campground dates with full fees and services: April 1 – October 13.

Campground reservable dates: May 14 – September 6. Park gate is closed in the off-season.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This small park offers 41 vehicle accessible campsites, seven of which are double sites. The maximum length of stay is seven days due to the size and popularity of the campground. Most of the sites are right on the lake. The landscape is open with sites being separated by pockets of beach and scattered cottonwood and Ponderosa pine trees for shade. The inner campsites and those at the tip of the spit are in thickets of shrubs that offer more privacy and shade and the opportunity for bird watching.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area which overlooks the sandy beach, with views north to Osoyoos. Cottonwoods separate the tables from the beach.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a single-wide concrete boat launch.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

One of the flush toilets in the campground is wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There are 43 different species of freshwater fish in the lake, including trout, kokanee, large and small mouth bass, and lake whitefish.

Hiking

Hiking

Haynes Point Park contains a natural marsh rich in birdlife such as canyon wrens, marsh wrens, white-throated swifts and red-winged blackbirds. A gravel trail leaves from the information kiosk across from the amphitheatre and enters the marsh. The wide gravel trail crosses a footbridge that spans a beaver dam isolating the marsh from the lake. It continues through level grassland rimmed by marsh vegetation with interpretive signs along the way explaining the value of marsh ecosystems. The trail leads to a two-tiered viewing platform which provides a commanding view of the marsh.

Swimming

Swimming

Surrounded by warm water and sandy/gravel beaches, this park is excellent for swimming and other water oriented activities. There is also a pet beach.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are possible in Osoyoos Lake.

Waterskiing

Waterskiing

The warm waters of Osoyoos Lake are popular for waterskiing.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

There excellent birdwatching opportunities in this park and along the marsh trail.

User Reviews

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Excellent location but always full

Submitted by yas on September 19, 2011

To stay at this park even during weekdays in summer, you need to reserve it months in advance. This park is mega-popular since it's located in the Osoyoos resort / recreation area known for its consistently hot summers, wineries, orchards, warm lakes, etc. The layout of the park itself is very interesting since it sits on a piece of land jutting into the Osoyoos Lake and so most campsites have direct lake access. The area has a real laid back resort vibe and feels somewhat urban. Don't expect a wilderness experience here; enjoy the warm lake and many fun water-based activities!

 

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