Duffey Lake is located beside the Duffey Lake Road about 45 minutes East of Pemberton on Hwy 99. It is a narrow fjord-type lake and winds are often quite brisk. Early morning is your best bet to catch this lake calm & quiet. The distance in the trail description above is the approximate round trip to go to the West end and back.
You can easily put in at the East end of the lake at the boat launch area. There is a large log jam here and more sheltered paddling (about 0.6 km one way) is available in the pond-like conditions East of the log jam which is actually the beginning of the outflow into Cayoosh Creek.
About a 5-10 minute paddle (depending on head winds) west of the boat launch there is a great little sandy beach & scrub bush area that looks like it was formed from the remains of a past avalanche that spilled across the Hiway and into the lake. We did this short paddle in brisk winds and 1.5 foot chop on a sunny day and had a great 2-3 hours fishing, swimming and just exploring and picnicing at this charming spot. It is right under the Hiway which runs along the entire South side of the lake so you'll always be able to hear some traffic noise but it's easy to forget about it especially on a sunny day!
The topo map that will show Duffey Lake is 92J8
Travel North of Whistler and follow Hwy 99 East from Pemberton past Joffre Lakes. Duffey Lake can't be missed it's about 10 minutes past Joffre Lakes area and is the largest lake you'll encounter.
From the Lilloet side head west along the number 99 and then south past Seton Lake
The boat launch is signed and you can't miss the big log jam at the East end of the lake.
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Posted By: hawke_gh
- Wed Dec 22 21:55:22 UTC 2004
CommentThanks Urban trekker - posting has been editted to correct the Hiway.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Wed Dec 22 11:36:56 UTC 2004
CommentI beleive the poster means Highway 99 which includes the Duffey Lake road and not Highway 10 which runs from Langley to Ladner.