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Vaseux Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
This park provides preserves an abundant wildlife population. The lake provides promising fishing opportunities for large mouth bass, rainbow trout and carp. In winter there are great opportunities for skating, ice-fishing, and ice-boating.
Excellent wildlife viewing area by Highway 97 between Oliver and Okanagan Falls. Best viewing in spring and fall. Look for mountain goats, California big horn sheep and a wide variety of bird species. Trails provide access to the nearby Vaseux Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary which is managed by the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Special Features: National waterfowl sanctuary, bluffs that form California bighorn sheep habitat.
Know Before You Go
- Mushroom picking or harvesting is prohibited in provincial parks.
About 25 km south of Penticton on Hwy 97. The closest communities are Okanagan Falls and Oliver.
Nature and Culture
- Conservation: The park protects 10 red listed plant ecosystems the cover the whole spectrum from desert to wetland. These are: Antelope brush, big sage, bluebunch wheatgrass, water birch, balsamroot, pinegrass, threetip sagebrush, red osier dogwood, Idaho fescue and marsilea.
- Wildlife: There is an astounding number of rare wildlife species in this small park. There are seven blue and two red listed mammals known in the park, including California bighorn sheep, badger and Pallid bat. The park is a birder’s paradise with 11 red listed species and 9 blue listed species present. Five blue listed reptiles are found in the park, as well as the red listed night snake, which is the rarest snake in Canada. Common waterfowl are Canada geese, trumpeter swans, blue-winged teal, widgeons and wood ducks. Lazuli bunting are spotted in the spring – sharing the area with toads, turtles, beavers, muskrats, rabbits and deer.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers 12 vehicle-accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis; campsite reservations are not accepted. Fees are cash only and are self-registration. Most of the campsites are right on the lake. They are large with gravel pads and are fairly private. Open grassy areas separate some of the sites. If the campground is full, campers may be able to find a spot at Inkaneep Provincial Park located minutes away.
Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $11.00 per party / night