The largest lake in the region, Stave Lake was created in 1921 after
the Stave Lake hydroelectric project was completed. Due to its immense
size and the magnitude of the wilderness surrounding it, the lake
is only easily accessible from one site on the south end. From the
town of Maple Ridge on Hwy.
#7, the Dewdney Trunk Road will take you to Stave Falls where you
will find Stave Falls Dam and the flooded area below the lake itself.
An alternate route only suitable for trucks is the Davis Lake Road
going north between Mission
and Dewdney. Stave Lake is basically untouched by any kind of development
and is not for those looking for formal organized camping facilities.
Dewdney Lake Park is located at the south end of the lake and there
are only natural campsites in certain areas of the lake. Many areas
are accessible only by boat. A boat launch is available at Stave
Falls. Facilities, accommodations and services are available in
Maple Ridge or Mission.
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Report: Year round fishing is possible in this large
lake where the Cutthroat can get to 3-4 lbs. A boat is definitely
needed to be able to fish these waters. Good fishing can be had
where the waters flow through from Alouette
Lake. Caution when boating is advised because of the strong
winds that can arise and the possiblity of deadheads in the water.
There are no facilities at all along the lakeshore, so be prepared
and if possible go with someone who knows the lake if you are thinking
of heading very far north. Be sure to visit
Because the lake is really a flooded valley, when the waters are
low, dead standing trees and stumps become a boating hazard. The
area surrounding the lake is breathtakingly beautiful but rugged.
There are no signs of civilization in the northern part of the lake.
A boat is basically the only way you can see and explore the diverse
shoreline of this massive lake. In a boat you can find the sandy
beaches, steep rock cliffs, secret coves plus numerous streams and
estuaries that are perfect for fishing or relaxing.
Davis, Kenyon and Salsbury Lakes, located
on the east side of Stave Lake (turn off Hwy. #7 onto Sylvester
Road and head north to the lakes), provide anglers with a variety
of fishing experiences. Salsbury is stocked with Kokanee and Rainbow,
Kenyon is stocked with Rainbow while Davis is stocked with Cutthroat
trout. Campsites can be found on all lakes. Final access to each
lake may be rough and a truck is advisable
Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start
fishing a new lake.