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Hatzic Lake - Trip Description
Total distance: 10.7 kilometres (6.6 miles)

Coordinates (WGS 84):
N49 09.240 W122 14.096 - Shook Avenue put-in location

Canadian Topographic Maps:
92G01 (1/50,000)

Comments:
While not very large, Hatzic Lake provides a nice surrounding for a leisurely paddle. The setting is truly picturesque as you look north across Hatzic Prairie and towards the mountains that border Miracle Valley. If it's solitude and wilderness that you're looking for, you won't find it here -- nearly the entire shorelines of the lake and island are dotted with summer cabins, trailers, and year-round residences.

On our visit, we found the water level of the lake very low. In fact, it was so shallow that we could not circumnavigate the lake as planned. There is a lot of Eurasion Milfoil growing in many parts of the lake -- as we paddled through it, it felt as though the paddle was being tugged with each stroke as though something was grabbing it.

We explored the Lower Hatzic Slough to the south of the put-in to the Lougheed Highway. This slough is interesting and you can paddle right along side the trailer court on Hatzic Island.

Because the low water levels made it impossible on this trip to paddle the entire east side of the lake or access Hatzic Slough to the north, a return trip will be made at a later date.

Overall, Hatzic Lake is an enjoyable destination for a leisurely afternoon paddle on a smaller lake.

Put-in/parking location:
From Vancouver/Mission: drive east along the Lougheed Highway for approximately 6 km and turn left on Shook Street, which will turn to the right and become Shook Avenue. Drive until the bridge that crosses to the Island. There is parking on either side of the road near the bridge.

From Lake Eroch/Harrison: drive west along the Lougheed Highway until approximately 6 km before reaching Mission. You will see Hatzic Lake on your right as you approach Shook Street. Turn right on Shook Street which will turn to the right and become Shook Avenue. Drive until the bridge that crosses to the Island. There is parking on either side of the road near the bridge.

Trip date: October 30, 2004
Weather: Cloudy with occasional sunny periods, warm, slight to moderate breeze
Water condition: Smooth
Tides/currents: Very slight current near the entrance to Hatzic Slough. Could feel and see the downstream current while padding under the Shook Road bridge. On the return to the put-in, the tide was pushing the current upstream.

Submitted by: Dan Millsip
Images copyright: Dan Millsip

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