Jones/Wahleach Lake - Trip Description
Total trip distance: 10 km
Coordinates (WGS 84):
N49 14.832 W121 36.160 - Put-in location
Canadian Topographic Maps:
Jones lake (previously named Wahleach Lake) is at an elevation of more than 600 metres above the Fraser River, making it ideal for the generation of hydro electric power. While the historical significance of hydro power at this lake is fascinating, the truly amazing quality of Jones lake is the absolutely stunning mountain scenery.
Jones Lake is nestled snugly between mountains on all sides, the most impressive being Cheam Ridge to the south which has several glaciers and year-round snowpack.
The Jones Lake Reservoir area was once used by members of the STO:LO First Nation as a peaceful stopover on their way to summer hunting grounds.
Fish found in Jones Lake include: Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee, Rainbow Trout, Stickleback, and Threespine Stickleback .
Although the lake is rather small at only 6.4 kilometres long and 1 kilometre wide, it provides an excellent place to paddle for an afternoon or a slow day of just poking around and enjoying the scenery.
Note: Use caution and pack out any garbage -- bears are known to be in the area of Jones Lake.
N49 14.850 W121 36.146
From Hwy 1, take the Jones Lake exit (No. 153), and follow Laidlas Road to the Jones Lake Service Road. Follow this gravel road as it climbs and twists for 9 kilometres. The road is an active logging road so be careful, especially during the week. Although there are potholes and a few moderately steep spots, I had no problem driving the road in my minivan. Heavy snowfall can restrict access during winter months.
Trip date: April 16, 2005
Weather: Overcast, rain, sunshine, light snow
Water condition: Smooth
Submitted by: Dan Millsip
Images copyright: Dan Millsip