The Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area offers a hiking trail to suit you. The 10-km Reservoir Trail connects with the 6-km Railway Trail to provide a scenic 16-km walk around Hayward Lake Reservoir. The Railway Trail, on the west side of the reservoir, was built to accommodate both hiking and biking. I rate this section easy. The Reservoir Trail on the east side is restricted to hiking only. I rate this section average.
The trail does get muddy so I recommend only using it in the summer months. There are many beautiful ravines as you travel along the west side of the trail.
Canoeing and boating: Hayward Lake Reservoir is reserved for canoes and non-motorized boats (electric motors permitted). The Reservoir is cold enough to threaten your survival. Dress accordingly & wear your PFD. Be off the water one-half hour before posted closing times or risk GETTING LOCKED IN!
NOTE: There are no lifeguards on duty at Hayward Recreation Area.
From Vancouver Area
* 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.
Then keep going 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 straight east on Dewdney Trunk Road for about 23 km and watch for signs as you near the Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area.
From the East
* Take Highway 1 to Abbotsford.
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.
Note: Parking is on a first come, first-served basis. When parking lots are full, entrance gates will be closed.
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Posted By: LucasL
- Wed Jan 15 22:49:14 UTC 2014
CommentJust read their website update on the dam they say will reopen 2017
Posted By: LucasL
- Wed Jan 15 22:41:43 UTC 2014
UpsideNot too tough. Nice way also to learn about BC Hydro and how they work. Dams and such. DownsideThe Ruskin dam and parking lot at South of reservoir is closed as of 2009 for seismic upgrades. And they removed the floating bridge to cross. So you cant do the 17 km loop around. They say should take 6 years but they dont say if they will reinstall the floating bridge. CommentYou can only park at the North end of the reservoir. There are 2 parkings one at the visitor centre and one across the north dam on dewdney trunk road. So this makes for a longer hike cause if you do the east side railway trail its 10km one way for a total of 20km. If you want to do the reservoir trail on the west its 6 km one way so that means you have to come another day. Used to be able in one day.
Posted By: Bushman
- Tue Mar 18 22:00:32 UTC 2008
Question Has anyone here been out with a Canoe ? im looking to get out there and spend a day & do alittle fishing. Any info would be great. Thanks. Bushman. :-) ANSWERS are in this forum: Canoeing
Posted By: whatgives
- Sat Aug 06 22:17:32 UTC 2005
UpsideI rated this trail as average but that is if you are new to moutain biking or just looking for a easy ride. It is basically a gravel road around the lake with some nice views and some single track. If you are into a mellow ride than it is ok but for a down hiller or freerider it is plain boring. DownsideIt is setup for hikers and not bikes so on most of the single track/paths there is steps instead of ramps and while you can ride up and down some most of them you will need to get off and push your bike even if you are a intermediate or beter rider.
Posted By: reidon
- Fri Jun 24 05:58:45 UTC 2005
UpsideI just had to make two corrections....the closest town is Mission not Abbotsford. I live right beside this trail and never have the parking gates been closed when the lot is full. There are also some access to the water for a swim if you need to cool down. DownsideParking is limited and the gates are closed and locked at dusk regardless of cars in the parking lot. Biking is not allowed on the east trail. Very popular dog walk spot so what your step!
Posted By: Christineholroyd
- Wed Jun 15 04:40:51 UTC 2005
UpsideNice, moderate trail. I would definetly recommend doing the full 16km route, as a relatively new hiker I was leary but had no troubles whatsoever, actually found it to be a nice relaxing walk. DownsideTheir is some construction being done on the stave falls dam, I believe until november 2005. Not sure how strict they are on this, their are tons of warning signs posted which I chose to ignore, fortunetly some kind drivers offered me a lift across, so I didn't have to find out the hard way!