Haynes Point Provincial Park
BC Parks is improving toilet facilities at Haynes Point. The project is expected to occur between April 22 and May 15, 2014. Work will only be done on two toilets at a time in order to reduce the inconvenience to campers.
Thank you for your patience.
About This ParkSurrounded by warm water and sandy beaches, Haynes Point sits on a pencil of land jutting into Osoyoos Lake. Situated in the rainshadow of the Cascade Mountains to the west and protected from the worst of winter storms by the Columbia Mountains to the east, this is Canada’s only true desert area. The water is reported to be the warmest in Canada making it excellent for swimming, boating and fishing. Lakeside campsites and privacy make this a popular camping area and reservations are necessary during the summer months.
Special features: Wetlands are rapidly disappearing in the Okanagan Valley. The marsh area and self-guided interpretive trail are important features of the park.
Park Size: 38 hectares
Special Notes: Campers are only allowed to stay in this park up to a maximum of 7 days in a calendar year; due to popularity and size of the campground.
- The extremely hot, dry Okanagan climate can result in overexposure to the sun. Children and adults should use a sunscreen and wear a hat during long periods in the sun.
- Extreme caution is required when walking in shallow water - steep drops occur on both sides of the sandbar.
- Wind warning - Hayes Point is subject to severe winds, unexpectedly, on occasion. Please ensure that all tents and equipment are tied down at all times, to help prevent damage.
- Poison Ivy warning – Haynes Point has poison ivy, so please become familiar with this plant and avoid any contact.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|April 1 – October 14 approximately (gate locked during the off-season)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 1 – October 14 approximately
(Entrance gate locked nightly from 10 pm – 7am)
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 15 – September 14|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||41|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
||41 – 100% reservable|
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Created in 1962, the park was named after Judge John Carmichael Haynes, who settled in Osoyoos in 1866 and became a prominent judge and land owner.
- Cultural Heritage: Highway 3, which runs through Osoyoos, crosses another sandspit once used by fur traders, explorers, miners and First Nations in their travels up and down the valley. A burial site is within the park along with kekuli pits and caches. Artifacts were turned up while the service yard was being prepared. The old Hudson’s Bay Fur Brigade Trail also passed through the area nearly two centuries ago.
- Conservation: The park protects five red-listed plant species; the peach leaf willow, Western centaury, busy cinquefoil, annual paintbrush, false-pimpernel and awned cyperus.
- Wildlife: The marsh area of the park is home to a variety of wildlife. Blue-listed species include the Western small footed myotis bat, barn owl, spadefoot toad and painted turtle. The tiger salamander is a red-listed species that calls the park home.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Master Plan [PDF 696.31KB] for Haynes Point Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
The trail leads to a two-tiered viewing platform that is roughly ten feet tall and provides a commanding view of the marsh. It is a wonderful spot for viewing the variety of red and blue listed species that are a feature of the park as well as other birds in the area. The platform is eight feet by eight feet with a railing enclosed by plastic link fence for safety. There are two benches underneath the platform.
The trail continues on to 80m of boardwalk and two more ground level viewing platforms with more educational signs. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
The sites are large with level gravel pads, picnic tables and fire rings. The large sites accommodate bigger RVs. Most of the sites are right on the lake, one of the attractions of this park. 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. The nearest services are in Osoyoos and there is a phone near the entrance to the park beside the boat launch.
- Guests with reservations: Check reservation board at campground entrance for pre-assigned site number.
- Guests without reservations: Check the reservation board for sites that may be available on a first-come, first-served basis or for one night only.
Special note: during peak season, reservations are highly recommended as first-come, first-served sites are available on a minimal basis only.