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Pitt Lake
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Location: Pitt Lake, is a 24 km. (14.8 mi.) long lake that is surrounded by rugged terrain making only the south end accessible by road. The lake is not far from Vancouver, BC, only 16 km. (9.9 mi.) north of Haney town centre in Maple Ridge.

The paved 208th Street will take you to the Grant Narrows Regional Park at the southern end. Camping, boating, fishing, water sports and hiking are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed in the Pitt Lake area.

Size 7700 ha. (19,019 ac.) Shoal Data not Available
Mean Depth 45 m. (147.6 ft.) Max. Depth 142.6 m. (468 ft.)
Game Fish Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Fish Stocked Natural White Sturgeon, Steelhead, Dolly Varden and Salmon species
Angler Usage Moderate Elevation 50 m. (164 ft.)
Ice Over Varies with Climate Conditions T.D.S. Data not Available

Resorts & Campsites: There are a few remote natural campsites on Pitt Lake. Full accommodations, facilities and services are available in Maple Ridge. Boat launch area and canoe rentals are available at the lake. There are a number of marked trails on the dikes in the southern marshy areas for the hardy hiker. This is an excellent bird watching area. Bird watching towers can be found along the dikes.

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Fishing Report: Good year round fishing is available at this easily accessible lake. Sudden winds and debris necessitate care when boating. Because Pitt lake is linked with a number of waterways, there are a multitude of fish species inhabiting this large lake. The best bets for Dolly Varden and trout are in the deeper bays, larger stream estuaries and deep cliff areas. There are reports of Rainbow of up to 5 lbs. A good nautical chart is a necessity because of the number of shallow areas.

Be sure to visit Fishbc.com for angling information!

Viewscape: A nature lover's haven Pitt Lake has over 50 km. (31 mi.) of rugged shoreline to explore. The southern end of the lake, north of Siwash Island is part of the Widgeon Valley Natural Wildlife Reserve, a nesting area for marsh birds. However if you are going to explore the main lake, a good sized boat is required because of sudden winds and its immense size.

Shoreline: The vast shoreline is a contrast between steep shorelines with tumbling streams interspersed with secret coves and islands, often with sandy beaches for swimming or fishing. If you stop for a picnic or a hike, be aware that his area is still wilderness and home to bears and cougars. There a few seasonal homes and private coves along the lakeshore.

Note: Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start fishing a new lake.

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