Hayward Lake - Trip Description
Total distance to circumnavigate lake: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles)
Coordinates (WGS 84):
N49 13.286 W122 21.519 - Put-in location
Canadian Topographic Maps:
Hayward Lake is a favourite spot of mine for paddling - the area is spectacularly beautiful and since there are no powerboats (aside from small electric motors) the lake is quiet and generally calm. On a sunny day, you'll be hard pressed to find a nicer spot so close to Vancouver. Whether you've got an hour or all day, Hayward Lake makes a nice destination for everyone from the novice paddler to the experienced paddler looking for some peace and quiet.
The lake is very unusual in that it has a hydro electric dam at each end. To the north is the dam that falls from Stave Lake and to the south is the dam that drops to the Stave River. Hayward Lake recreation area is managed by BC Hydro. The lake is approximately 4 km long, a complete circumnavigation of the shoreline is about 10 km. On the day that the photos in this gallery were taken, we only paddled about halfway around the lake.
Because Hayward Lake was created by flooding a valley, there are many standing tree stumps that poke through the waters surface. These stumps can make for a fun paddle as you make your way through and around them.
Note: Parking is on a first come, first-served basis. When parking lots are full, entrance gates will be closed. The gates also close at different times depending upon the season - times are posted on the entrance signs. Parking is free.
- Go east on Broadway, which becomes Lougheed Highway (No.7), or
- Go east on Hastings, which becomes Barnet Highway (No.7A), which turns into Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, or
- Go east on Highway 1 and take Exit 44 before the Port Mann Bridge, following the signs to Lougheed Highway (No.7), heading east. Stay in the right lane on Lougheed Highway (about 5 km). The highway bears right at a major intersection and continues east towards Maple Ridge.
Keep heading east along Lougheed Highway over the Pitt River Bridge. Go about 6 km beyond bridge, then turn left onto Dewdney Trunk Road (note: do not take the access to Dewdney Trunk Road immediately after the bridge). Go east on Dewdney Trunk Road for about 23 km and watch for signs as you near the Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area.
- From Abbotsford take Highway 11 to Mission. Go west on Lougheed Highway (No.7) towards Maple Ridge until you reach 287th, then turn right. (287th becomes Wilson Road near Ruskin Dam, which is the first dam you come to.) Continue until the road ends at Dewdney Trunk Road and turn right. Follow signs for the Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area.
Trip date: November 10, 2004
Weather: Sunny, warm, fog
Water condition: Smooth
Tides/currents: Slight current into the lake from Blind Slough.
Submitted by: Dan Millsip
Images copyright: Dan Millsip