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Haynes Point Provincial Park
Located in Osoyoos on the west side of Osoyoos Lake near the border with the USA, Haynes Point Provincial Park (swiws Park) is situated on a narrow sand spit that almost cuts Osoyoos Lake in half.

Travelling Here
To get here, take Hwy 97 south from the town of Osoyoos for 2 km (1.3 miles) towards the border until you reach 32nd Avenue. Travel about one km (.6 mile) on 32nd Avenue to the park gate and there you can find the information sign, day-use area, dog beach and camp host.

Park Highlights
Osoyoos Lake is reported to be one of the warmest temperatures in Canada and Haynes Point Provincial Park has a number of sandy beaches to experience this pleasure. The park's other attraction is a slough highlighting a wildlife refuge that protects some endangered species natural to the desert habitat of the southern Okanagan.

Campground
The campground at Haynes Point contains 41 vehicle-accessible campsites with a maximum stay of seven days. The campsites are fairly large, offer some double sites and can accommodate larger recreational vehicles and various tent set-ups. There are some pine trees for shade and privacy but generally the campsites are quite open to enjoy the hot Osoyoos Lake sun.

Lakeside Campsites
This campground is really unique with one of the attractions being that most of the campsites are located on the lakeside. This makes it really nice if you own a boat or intend to do a lot of swimming or tubing, especially with kids. The sandspit that juts out towards the east can almost be crossed to the other side on Lakeshore Drive.

Facilities
The campground facilities are more limited with washrooms being only pit style toilets. There are a couple of water stations in the campground area. For entertainment there is an Amphitheatre situated near the campsite host. There are also changing rooms at the public beach near the wildlife refuge. For pet owners, Haynes Point has a dog-friendly beach. There is a boat launch here with Osoyoos Lake having pleasure craft, canoeing and kayaking, all available.

Interpretive Trail
There is a very nice interpretive trail near the entrance to the park for you to explore. The trail includes a number of wildlife viewing opportunities notably for nesting migratory birds, barn owls, the western small-footed myotis bat, painted turtles, spadefoot toads and tiger salamanders. The Haynes Point slough also contains a number of lush plant species and some valuable wetlands.

Sand Spit
If you do stay at Haynes Point Provincial Park, just remember that boats and pleasure craft use the small channel between the end of the sandspit and the east side of Osoyoos Lake. Make sure everyone, especially children, are aware of the possible dangers of watercraft and deep drop-offs on the sand spit sides when crossing the lake.

Reservations are Required
Unfortunately, Haynes Point Provincial Park campground is probably one of the hardest to find a campsite. Reservations are definitely required and hard to get online through Discover Camping. But, if you act quickly as soon as reservations are open for the year, you might obtain a site. There is some overflow camping available for 1 night only.

June or September
If the summertime is not a requirement, a good time to come to Haynes Point is either in June or late September. At this time it is on a first-come, first-served basis but without the crowds it is a lot more easier getting into the campground.

Park Maintenance
Reservations for Haynes Point Provincial Park can be arranged by Discover Camping. The park services and maintenance are managed by Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB).

Information on Haynes Point

 

Haynes Point Provincial Park
Haynes Point Provincial Park

 

Osoyoos Lake
Osoyoos Lake

 

Lakeside Campsites on Osoyoos Lake
Lakeside Campsites on Osoyoos Lake

 

Boat Launch at Haynes Point
Boat Launch at Haynes Point

 

Osoyoos Lake Slough Interpretive Trail
Osoyoos Lake Slough Interpretive Trail

 

Haynes Point Public Beach
Haynes Point Public Beach

 

Haynes Point
Haynes Point

 

Haynes Point Campground Road
Haynes Point Campground Road

 
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