Sasamat Lake - Trip Description
Total distance: 3.2 km (2 miles)
Coordinates (WGS 84):
N49 19.427 W122 53.206 - Put-in location
Canadian Topographic Maps:
Sasamat Lake is a very small lake nestled in the mountains between Port Moody and Belcarra. The lake is quite shallow and as such gets very warm, even in early summer. If you're looking for a place to practice bracing and rolls, the warm water temperatures make it ideal.
Sasamat is also a good place to take kids or beginners; it's small, there's little to worry about wind or waves, and it has an interesting shoreline to explore. Be forewarned, parking is limited and the picnic area gets very crowded in the summer -- plan on arriving at the lake very early in the day to get a parking spot.
There is no automobile access to the lakeshore -- you'll need to carry your boat a short distance from the parking lot to the waters edge.
From the Lougheed Hwy (Hwy 7A) in Port Moody/Coquitlam, turn north on Ioco Road and follow it for approximately 800 metres. At the traffic lights, turn left on Ioco Road (there are signs) and continue for approximately 4 kilometres before turning right on 1st Avenue. After approximately 1.7 kilometres watch for the sign to White Pine Beach. Turn right and follow the gated road to the parking lots. Parking is free.
The first parking lots are closest to the lake but you'll still need to carry your boat about 100 metres to the edge of the lake.
Trip date: March 22, 2005
Weather: Sunny, cold, slight wind
Water condition: Rippled
Submitted by: Dan Millsip
Images copyright: Dan Millsip