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d1975

looking for a small lake close to mission or abbotsford that is suitable for a float tube i gotta bring back my parents boat to abbotsford and since im out that way might as well do a few hours of fishing i only have a car but drive it like a 4x4 thanks
zedjay95

I'm going to mill lake in the morning. no 4x4 needed paved all the way.
d1975

was looking on the map was thinking pine or florence lake any info hows the road?
d1975

no thanks if i wanted to fish the city i would drive across the bridge to rice lake
Fish'n BC

I think you were thinking of Morgan lake near Florance. Pine lake is in a restricted area, no access. The road to Morgan Lake is realy rough, but you could get in there, I think Florence Lake is more difficult. The road to Sayres Lake is relatively good.
Rolley Lake is stocked and easy to get to, a nice popular no motor lake.
d1975

i checked the regs and just want conformation are you aloud gas motors on florence
d1975

or morgan
zedjay95

i agree but when you only have a couple of hours before work i'd rather be fishing than driving to the lake
Avidflyguy

There is many lakes in that area ....that are belly boat lakes check the regs it . Here's a few I've fished WHONNOCK. ...ROLLEY , HAYWARD
d1975

well woke up late and didn't make it up to florence could only fish till 11 so ended up at mill lake for a couple hours thanks for all the info I did the check the regs and its not clear to me wether or not you can have motors in florence or morgan
Fish'n BC

Avidflyguy-

Hayward lake is gone, nothing more than a small river where the lake used to be. Not sure what happened to the fish...lol, but the area will be closed for a few years.

d1975-

You are alowed motors on Florence and Morgan Lakes. There is little more than a trail through brush to get into the lakes from the road, so not likely you will be able to get anything other than a floattube in there.
Avidflyguy

Whe whole lake is gone?
d1975

hey thanks for the info i have a 10 foot fold a boat with a 2 horse Honda so with me and a buddy its not to much for a short hike I think I'll check out Morgan during the week sometime.
d1975

so if it doesn't say no motors or electric motors only in the regs u can have motors ?
Fish'n BC

That's right. I think there is a couple private/resort type lakes in the province that aren't covered by the regs, in that case you would have to get permission from the owner/operators.
d1975

thanks good to know
Fish'n BC

No, part of Hayward lake remains, but it is a steep dropoff so they closed much of the area. Actualy it will remain drained only til the end of Aug., then again May 'til end of Aug next year as well.

The whole area below the Ruskin dam including the parkinglot and recreation area will be closed and fenced off for the next 6 years...no more gong show there for manny years...should give the Stave salmon and steelhead stocks a chance to grow.
Avidflyguy

Nice hopefully the come back strong .!
cagey

does anyone know why they are draining it. this is the first time in my memory that they have done this. (and my memory goes back a long way ! ) anyone have any pictures they could share. i'd love to see what they are doing !
Fish'n BC

The Hayward Lake reservoir drawdown is to upgrade the Ruskin dam and powerhouse. The project started this month (May) and will continue to 2018.
It is a sight to see, next time I'm down that way I'll try to get some pictures for you.
cagey

thanks chris.
Fish'n BC


The Ruskin Dam and powerhouse, above is Hayward lake (pre drawdown) and below is the Stave river. The salmon spawning channel and recreation site is to the lower right.
Fish'n BC


Hayward lake north today, note the fencing to keep people out. Shows the old Stave river channel before it was dammed and flooded 80 years ago.
Fish'n BC


Hayward lake south today, the dam is just out of view to the right. Sorry they wouldn't let us near it to take a photo. This is on the railway trail near the upper parking lot, the lower railway trail parking is closed and being used by the construction personel. They are supposed to be draining it to the 33 meter level.
Avidflyguy

Wow ....thanks for the pics .!
cagey

yes, thanks for the pictures. amazing !. too bad they don't clean up a bunch of the stumps while they are at it .

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