Pitt Lake, BC

jefffski

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Yesterday, we canoed to Osprey Creek South on Pitt Lake, BC, about 15 km from the put in. We had glassy waters and a nice push from the tide (Pitt is a tidal lake).

After a very relaxing afternoon, we waited as long as we could for the typical afternoon winds to abate, but by 6 pm, they had only subsided a bit.

Oh well--we paddled the 15 km into the wind and waves and against the tide and made it back to the dock just before dark in 3 hours. We were pooped!

 

alliemo66

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Thinking of kayaking Pitt Lake in the next week or so for 4 nights. Are there any tips that you recommend? Are the sandbars a big concern? When does the afternoon wind start up? Also is parking still $10/night?

Thanks for your help!
 

jefffski

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  • The gate is open, but there are no facilities at the launch and the docks may be suspect. Be careful.
  • At high tide (which is very hard to predict), you can paddle across the mud flat. At low tide, you can't. To be safe, follow the marked channel (stay right until the lake bends north, and then follow the eastern shore).
  • Winds will pickup dramatically around noon.
  • If you leave the dock by 8 am, you can easily reach Osprey (north is nicer) by 11 am and even Vicker's Creek or the end of the lake to the road to the hotsprings under a tailwind by early afternoon.
  • Returning from Vicker's without hitting a headwind will be difficult unless you're on the water very early.
  • Camp at Vicker's just up the creek on its southern shore.
  • If you stay at Osprey, cross the lake on the return to visit Defrauder Falls.
  • The petroglyphs are north of the falls (I can't remember how far past).
Have fun! Let us know how it went.
 

eggabeewa

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Greater Vancouver, BC
I was there for a day paddle to Widgeon Creek last weekend. The old signs stating pay parking for overnight had been covered over but the covering had fallen off! I believe there is nobody collecting fees. There is certainly no facilities (no outhouses or garbage collection). Lots of people were using the docks but they are questionable. We launched from shore.
 

alliemo66

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Thanks for your help. Is backcountry camping fees required? It looks like you need to pay if your are on the east side (Golden Ears) but not the west side. What has everybody been doing???

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