You can electronically Unsubscribe at any time. Campfires will not be allowed at any state forest campgrounds or other similar unsupervised, rustic campgrounds. be sent by Email through the Contact Us 58_Fit. Eventually you'll reach the striking Widgeon Lake. The down side is that, like it … The hike down was a bit quicker. Lots of seaplanes, and helicopters, and we got to go for a swim. Follow this road to past the sign indicating the Soda Lake Campground to the next sign indicating Soda Lake, Pillar/Widgeon Lakes (this sign indicates Pillar/Widgeon Lakes are .6 miles, which is partly true Widgeon Lake is this distance but Pillar Lake is approximately 3 miles. 6. Species in Widgeon Lake: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead. We camped for two nights and the only other human contact was two hikers who stayed for a half hour and float planes coming and going. Lake Utopia is also just a short drive down the highway.The building has 3 bunk style bedrooms, a bathroom and large open living room and kitchen area. Widgeon Falls is in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. 100% — 1 Review. I am posting this as a past experience rather than a current one. We camped at widgedon creek and did a day trip but if you’re up for it, I’d recommend spending a few nights at the lake! Paddling time is approximately 2hrs to reach the Widgeon Creek camp site. The trail then continues up and up, and you'll start to wonder if you'll ever find the lake. Only spent one night and would like to spend 2 next time. The lake is used mainly for hiking, trail running, camping, and canoeing. Temporarily store your camping unit (trailers, motor home, boat on trailer) in participating parks between visits. My only complaint is that there was some garbage left behind at the campsite by other visitors. Campers can hike for about 45 minutes to Widgeon Falls, a series of waterfalls that offer a great place to relax on the rocks in the sunshine. Other amenities and activities found in the park include biking and hiking trails and pontoon boat tours of the flooded cypress forest on Lake … All that aside, it was beautiful up there and the lake was perfect for swimming. On the way down, by the time we reached the 1st bridge it was gone and we were forced to toss our 50 lb. This hike is doable as a day hike but worth carrying up all your stuff and spending the night at the lake. gear, and other outdoor related updates. To illustrate: an old ripped up plastic dingy left beside the lake was not, to state the obvious, a welcome sight. On the way in it was raining. Sleepy Hollow State Park. Size: Widgeon Lake Trail is a 17.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Did this with my husky mix and he made it up no problem (however he can easily jump 5ft). Enjoy 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline and watch amazing sunsets over pristine water. Sleepy Hollow Campground. Not sure if I'll go back for a while though. We had decided to do this hike the night before at 10 pm. Accessible Campsites . Took us 1.5h at low tide to get to the creek campsite. We then backpacked up to Widgeon lake. Bring cash. Description for 23 Widgeon Lake Road Rustic camp approximately 10-15 minutes from St George NB. Also, at some sections we had to carry our dog up as they were too steep for her. The hike on Friday was in the rain and was treacherous. There are Canoe Rentals and Kayaks are also permitted. I The total distance is approximately a 1 hour paddle (roundtrip) and a 6km (3.7 mi) hike (roundtrip), minimal elevation gain. Volunteer campground host opportunities are available in state parks, recreation areas and forest campgrounds. There is one main trail in the area that heads up the Widgeon Valley from the Widgeon Slough campground. If you still see something wrong, please reach out to us at email@example.com! The red route on this page includes the paddling portion. My husband and I hiked this on a Friday with our dog and stayed for two nights. Camping Primitive tent camping. Access to the Widgeon Creek campsite is by canoe or kayak only from Grant Narrows. Maumee Bay State Park. The trail can get very overgrown and full of downed trees in this area. 100% — 1 Review. Definitely a new favourite hike. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Canoed up Widgeon creek yesterday morning and it was amazing! The steep part 'starts' after 2nd bridge but in truth it actually STARTS half an hour later, where it becomes the grouse grind for 2.5ish km. The trail is open year-round and is also a good option in the shoulder seasons. Very last minute and 3 of us packed only 1 can of tuna for food between us as we expected to catch big fish. Widgeon Creek Campground: Food Caches but No Fires Considering that it's a free rustic campground, Widgeon Creek has more to offer a backcountry camper than you might expect. We then hiked for 5.5h to get to the lake. moments and an absolutely crazy amount of deadfall. Hikers must paddle across Pitt Lake to reach the trailhead. All content, photos and gps data are © 2007 - 2020 VancouverTrails.com, Canoes next to the Widgeon Creek campsite, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/pinecone/. Widgeon Lake is a lake in British Columbia, Canada in Pinecone Burke Provincial park. It would be beneficial to try to arrive as early as possible to avoid having to scrounge up some flat ground that isn't rock-solid to serve as your tent pad. The lake is still frozen and there is a good amount of snow there. There is a pit toilet located next to the campsite, however no other facilities are available. This trail gives access to Widgeon Falls, and Widgeon Lake. This is where this hike starts, as there is no vehicular access to this trailhead. If you enjoyed this brief share, I will be sharing many more hiking experiences on my IG acct. If you’re renting a canoe, aim to arrive at Pitt Lake Canoe Rentals before 9am. It was absolutely blissful. Widgeon Lake If you camp at the Widgeon Creek Campsite, you can hike beyond the falls and up towards Widgeon Lake. Hi Nansy, thank you for the review! UBC Malcolm Knapp Red Trail, A10, Blue Trail, and C Loop, Addington Lookout and High Knoll via Lodge, Fern and Quarry Trail, UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Red Trail, Minnekhada Upper Marsh and Lower Lookout Loop, Low Knoll via Lodge, Fern, and Mid-Marsh Trails Loop, High Knoll via Meadow Trail and Mid-Marsh Trail. Lace your way through Widgeon Slough, leave the canoe on a sandy beach, and start this difficult hike. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. I totally recommend this hike. They’re not lying. Widgeon Falls is a special place. No snow on the trail leading to the lake though. To get to Widgeon Creek, you need to paddle approximately one hour across Pitt River until you get to Wedgeon Slough. The campground includes 174 sites that are paved and tightly spaced with 30/50-amp power hookups only. Fish Species Came in with a pack and would have liked to stay a bit longer than just one night. It is also possible to hike all the way to Widgeon Lake which is popular for fishing. There is a boat launch at Grant Narrows as well as a canoe rental shop that can rent for overnight trips. Don't follow the directions from Google Maps. You'll pass the popular Widgeon Falls. A canoe paddle through a low-laying slough and a short hike make the perfect summer-weekend hiking trip. Feel free to follow me there. A bit slippery and challenging but manageable with a large load, if you take your time, for experienced hikers (we are both 17 years old and had very few issues with it.) Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Magical. From there you wind through the slough until you come to the Widgeon Creek Campground. It has tent pads, bear cache lockers, even outhouses. The markers are sometimes too far and few between, or have fallen off, The amount of deadfall and overgrowth and slipper roots and logs is borderline on the "too dangerous" side. If you’re used to well worn groomed trails maybe this isn’t for you, if you like your hike to be more rustic with a challenge, this is a hike you can’t pass up. I can't understate, do not attempt this hike if you are a total novice, and it is well worth staying a night or two if you go for it. you do! Sleepy Hollow State Park is a 2,600-acre campground that sits on the banks of Lake Ovid. The lake at the end is more than worth the trek up but wouldn’t want to do it all in one day! Lots of "are we there yet?" The lake is surreal. But! Camping Access to the Widgeon Creek campsite is by canoe or kayak only from Grant Narrows. This trip requires a canoe/kayak trip and a short hike to get to. Widgeon Cabin, is one of three modern 3 bedroom cabins offered for reservations at Cordova Park.During the winter season the rental fee is $145.00/night, 2 consecutive night minimum reservation.The winter season begins the Friday before Labor Day and runs until the Friday before Memorial Day. Further, the little stream flowing around rocks behind the campground were teeming with rainbow trout. Total running time for day 2 was 3h40. Would not recommend parking along quarry road and accessing the trail that way. Having said that, the destination was beautiful and 40 years ago there was nobody there and no garbage It was pristine. Basically, all these reviews accurately describe what to expect; steady incline until the last 2-3km and it’s like scrambling over roots to the top. The rumours are true. The O’day Widgeon is a small 12ft daysailer which were first produced in 1964. Treacherous climb, you’re tired. Needless to say it was a reckless, crazy idea and the result was a horrific 2 days. We had no tent, just thin plastic to make a pull over tarp cover from the rain. Santee State Park camping is offered on the lake, but for guests who prefer to spend the night indoors, rondette cabins, 10 of which sit on piers over the lake, are available. Hopefully you have your own boat, or an overnight trip b/c unreasonably expensive. There are a few other spots off the main trail near a smaller section of the lake but those spots were quite small. The valley bottom trail is relatively flat, and follows the run of the river, past Widgeon Falls. The lake is absolutely gorgeous, especially in good weather. Campers can set up their tents in one of ten camping spaces or on the grassy area that is used for overflow. HINWEIS: Wenn Sie auf dieser Seite auf die Schaltfläche "Wegbeschreibung" klicken, führt Sie Ihr GPS zur Pitt Lake Boat Launch-Einrichtung. These sites are popular and often fully booked, so you’ll need to reserve your site in advance.. 6. This property is situated on 2.2 acres in a popular hunting, atv, snowmobiling and fishing area. And it was peaceful with there being only one couple there in addition to our group. Couldn't get to the trail. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/pinecone/. It’s certainly very technical with lots of roots and you need to be aware of the trail markers. I almost missed the bridge entirely because it was blocked from my line of site by a big tree and there is no sign or marker guiding you. In fact, the pool at the base of one of them turned out to be a great place for a quick dip to cool off. By the end of Saturday there were around 6 other groups of overnight hikers which wasn't ideal as there are only two campsites by the main lake. Mears State Park. 3 of us hiked it 40 years ago and the trail was great until the last few km's, same as everyone else here posted. Only saw 4 other people up there on a Wednesday. We stayed the night at the campsite with 2 other groups, leaving on Tuesday we didn't encounter anyone going to the lake. Canoes or kayaks can be launched from Grant Narrows at the south end of Pitt Lake, and paddled through Widgeon Slough. For more camping information near Widgeon Creek, visit the BC Parks website at: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Widgeon Lake. went on Monday and Grant narrows Road + Dock was open, but no rentals. Best Tips for the Pitt Lake to Widgeon Falls Daytrip Experience. Campground, Harbor & Lighthouse Hosts . Views at the lake where stunning, way better than we expected. The falls along the way are beautiful as well! Mears State Park is located along Lake … You MUST canoe to the trail. Harrison Lake Campground. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is OTHELLO 6 which is approximately 14 miles away and has an elevation of 1,190 feet (248 feet higher than Widgeon Lake). The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. It’s $80/canoe plus a $50 deposit. Would also recommend staying a night or two. The canoe/kayak trip starts at north west corner of the Pitt-Addington Marsh in Pitt Meadows. Once we paddling to the Widgeon Creek campground, we pulled the boat up onto the shore and took a quick breather before starting the easy trek to Widgeon Falls. Nightmare and dangerous as heck, but we eventually made it out over the two washed out bridges. Although a camping site, we are just very excited to acquire our new to us 1976 O’Day Widgeon! This hike from the campsite takes approximately 5 hours round trip which does not leave enough time if you are trying to do the entire trip from the parking lot to the lake in one day. As for the trail... it was like doing a longer, harder version of the grouse grind at the end, but with 40lbs of weight on your back. Directions: Follow directions to Pitt Lake (Widgeon Creek hike directions) and take canoe to the Widgeon Slough and the group campsite therein. She was able to bushwack around a couple tough sections but definitely not a hike for some dogs. No signs of wild life and no one else around either. Went on a Tuesday and only saw one other couple on the trail and there was no one else camping at the lake. The last 1km was like others have said, the Grouse Grind. The portage trail starts just west of the creek inflow, and it’s a tough one: over 500 m long with several uphill sections for a total elevation gain of 40 m. The camping area on Kidney Lake is directly across the small bay from the end of the portage. Finally, I should add that the two sets of falls along the trail are stunning. Questions or comments can There is no water available at the Grant Narrows parking lot or at the campground trailhead. A decent camping spot was somewhat difficult to find, as we were informed by a BC Parks Ranger at the Widgeon Creek Camp Area that there were already at least 10 people at the lake by 2pm. Crystal clear, perfect for swimming, fishing, camping, relaxing, whatever. There are about ten designated sites. It is steep with rocks and roots and overgrown in some spots. John. The area includes a trail that is roughly 25 km long and a stunning glacial lake at the end. Our corgi had did great on the trail and only at a few points needed help (short legs, ya know). I hike a lot but wouldn’t say I’m in amazing shape and found the steep section hard but not nearly as bad or scary as some describe. The trip takes you across the Pitt River and into Widgeon Creek. It's especially challenging after hiking for 6k on a pretty steady and tiring incline for most of it. Happy hiking! backpacks from person to person as we hung on to large rocks in the swollen creek. After about 40 minutes of casual hiking, we found the sign for Widgeon Lake, just before Widgeon Falls, that led to … Vancouver Trails about local hiking information, events, deals on The rest of the year is the Summer season. And then BAM. Newaygo State Park. From here you can hike to the beauty of Widgeon Falls. 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