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Enforcing regulations would eliminate most of the problems at Haynes Point Provincial Park, says local couple
As regular daily users of Haynes Point Provincial Park, we share the concerns expressed by the Westphal’s in their letter to the editor in the September 18 issue of the Osoyoos Times.
We had the opportunity to discuss some of these issues at the September 17 open house in Osoyoos with BC Parks staff who presented their program to eliminate invasive trees and shrubs.
We pointed out that restoring the antelope brush habitat on the knoll opposite the wetlands would be a waste of time, because walk-in tenting is occurring there.
Increased usage and thoughtlessness would likely cause trampling and burning of the fragile vegetation they are trying to re-establish.
The parks manager in attendance told us clearly and unequivocally that park usage policy prohibits any camping (tenting or otherwise) except in the established campground, with overflow camping on the causeway only.
He clarified that it is specifically not permitted in the day use area nor elsewhere, including the antelope brush and wetlands habitats.
He indicated the facility operators had no authority to overturn this policy and that he would see that it is discontinued.
Unfortunately, the practice would appear to be driven by the “cash cow” suggested by the Westphal’s.
It would also be desirable that the overflow units be required to leave the park by 9 a.m., rather than allowing them to stay in place for days on end, which effectively expands the campground to the detriment of that area of the park and lake.
This contradicts an effective multi-use strategy.
Believe us, not all the overflow units have self-contained wastewater facilities, so guess where the “product” ends up.
Finally, why is it even necessary to allow overflow camping at all?
Much of the popularity of Haynes Point as a camping venue is the relative separation and privacy afforded each site by the trees and thick shrubbery.
If it evolves into wall-to-wall sheet metal, it won’t be any more attractive than anywhere else.
Is this being allowed so the park can indeed become a “cash cow” as has been suggested?
The 41 campsites are fully booked for some 70 days from late June until after Labour Day, thus generating at least $86,000.
Based on the degree of maintenance we see, those expenses should be comfortably handled with plenty to spare.
Lorraine and Ken Murray