Boat Launches

This is a list of all of the known Boat Launches in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission.   Alouette Power and Sail Squadron provide you with this list “as-is” and provide no guarantees as to the safety, prices or availability of any of these launches and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the information below.   Always do your own homework, always file a cruising plan with friends or family, and always research current conditions before getting out on the water.   Kindly send any updates or additions to alouette.squadron@gmail.com

Pitt River Boat Launch

Primary Operator: Northlands Asset Management
Phone Number: Call Dora (she’s awesome!) at 604-465-7713
Website: https://www.northlandmanagement.ca/pitt-meadows-marina.html
Address & Directions: 14179 Reichenbach Rd, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 1Z1, Canada.  From Lougheed Highway near the Golden Ears Bridge, head northwest on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W for 4.4 km.  Turn right onto Old Dewdney Trunk Rd and proceed roughly 650 m.  Turn left onto Reichenbach Rd and continue for 2.2 km.
Email Address: Not Available – use the form here:  https://www.northlandmanagement.ca/pitt-meadows-marina.html
Boat Launch Cost: Contact Dora & let us know!
Parking Cost: Contact Dora & let us know!
Pictures: Click Here
Details/Description:  This 3-lane tidal boat launch can be very tricky at low tides as it has a steep dropoff with limited space and maneuverability.   There are power lines above, so taller or sail-boats must beware.   The docks are in fair shape, and a gas-bar operates (sometimes) during peak season.  Pay special attention to boat launch hours, as the gate will be locked at night which can make for an extremely unpleasant experience if you aren’t careful.
Current Conditions:  As of Late March 2019, conditions are typical for early spring. Water levels are moderate but tides and currents are at their worst as we would expect during the spring.  We are hearing very recent reports that there are massive sedimentary deposits all around the boat launch and grounding your boat is extremely likely if you don’t have local knowledge (another great reason to become an Alouette Power and Sail Squadron Member!).   Water temperatures this time of year are extremely cold from all the glacial runoff, and Hypothermia and Cold Water Shock are to be expected….be sure to always wear a lifejacket! There is relatively little debris in the water as Spring Freshet hasn’t fully started but a few more days of warm weather and/or rain will see an abundance of floating debris in the water all the way through until mid-June.  Please note that all power boats are restricted by law from travelling in both Widgeon Creek and Alouette River.

Click here for real-time Pitt River water levels (and tidal trends).

Pitt River Boat Launch
Pitt River Boat Launch

Pitt Lake Boat Launch

Primary Operator:  Katzie Development Limited Partnership
Phone Number: 1 604-460-8837
Website: https://www.kdlp.ca/contactus.html
Email Address: info@kdlp.ca
Address & Directions:  Rannie Road, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 1Z1.  From Lougheed Highway near the Golden Ears Bridge, Head northeast on Golden Ears Way for 1.6 km.  Turn left onto 203 St and continue for 1.1 km.  Turn right onto 132 Ave and continue for 800 m. Turn left onto Neaves Rd and continue for 4.1 km and from there, the road will turn into Rannie Rd – go another 8.8 km and you are there!
Boat Launch Cost:  Prices differ for Canoes/Kayaks and larger vessels.  Last year, they only accepted cash.   Contact the boat launch operator & let us know what they are doing this year – alouette.squadron@gmail.com.
Parking Cost: Contact the boat launch operator & let us know!
Pictures: Click Here
Details/Description:  Access to  Pitt Lake and Widgeon Creek is at what used to be called Grant Narrows Regional Park which is situated at the mouth of the Pitt River, now referred to as the Pitt-Addington Recreation Site.   Pitt-Addington Recreation Site is now operated by the Katzie First Nation and features a boat launch, walking trails, picnic sites with great kayaking and canoeing available.   Pitt Lake is the second largest Freshwater Lake in southwest BC, the largest Tidal Freshwater lake in North America, and one of the largest Tidal Freshwater lakes in the entire world.   This lake has a very long and narrow marked navigation channel that must be followed at all times or you risk grounding or sinking your vessel in the shallows where there are an abundance of hidden dangers.  This lake is steep & deep with extreme weather & current conditions even under the best of circumstances.  Boating deaths and severe incidents on this lake happen with frightening regularity as our local Search & Rescue teams will sadly confirm.  Widgeon Creek Kayakers and Canoeists are urged to take precautions not only due to the natural hazards, but due to the extremely high volume of power boaters in this area.    Contact the Alouette Power and Sail Squadron for more details, and please come take some courses to obtain some valuable local knowledge.  We highly recommend both paper *and* digital/electronic navigational depth charts as this lake has an abundance of shallows and submerged hazards.   There is no cell phone service on Pitt Lake except for a few specific locations that only the locals know…..become a member of the Alouette Power and Sail Squadron to gain access to this important safety knowledge.   We recommend that you have a Marine VHF radio, and contact us for the mandatory Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate.  Pay special attention to boat launch hours, as the gate will be locked at night which can make for an extremely unpleasant experience if you aren’t careful.
Current Conditions:    As of Late March 2019, conditions are typical for early spring.   Please note that all power boats are restricted by law from travelling in both Widgeon Creek and Alouette River.    Water levels are moderate but tides and currents are at their worst as we would expect during the spring.   Water temperatures this time of year are extremely cold from all the glacial runoff, and Hypothermia and Cold Water Shock are to be expected….be sure to always wear a lifejacket!    There is relatively little debris in the water as Spring Freshet hasn’t fully started but a few more days of warm weather and/or rain will see an abundance of floating debris in the water all the way through until mid-June.

Click here for real-time Pitt River water levels (and tidal trends).

Pitt Lake Boat Launch, Grant Narrows Park
Pitt Lake Boat Launch, Grant Narrows Park

Fraser River (Port Hammond) Boat Launch

Primary Operator: ?
Phone Number: ?
Website: ?
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Boat Launch Cost: ?
Parking Cost: ?
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Details/Description: There used to be a private pay-to-use boat launch down by Sylte Shipyard Ltd (20076 Wharf St, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 1A1) but we have no current information if it is still available for community use.   If you are the owner, or if you have any current information, please let us know at alouette.squadron@gmail.com .
Current Conditions: Unknown

Fraser River (Albion / Haney Marine) Boat Launch

Primary Operator: Joe at Haney Marine
Phone Number: 604-467-5256
Website: https://www.haneymarine.com/
Email Address: info@haneymarine.com
Boat Launch Cost: $10 or $15 while the store is open.   Check with Joe and let us know what he is charging this year!
Parking Cost: Free out on the street, but be careful not to block driveways and keep your vehicle secure and valuables out of sight.
Pictures: Send us some!
Details/Description:   This steep, rustic one lane boat launch is one of the trickiest around!   It has a sharp S curve (with a vertical blind spot for fun) to navigate before it drops down to the unforgiving tidal Fraser River.    At low tide, the boat launch abruptly drops off to near-infinity, which has the tendency to rip out boat-trailer-axles as this particular author can validate.  There are no available tide charts for this launch but with good local knowledge, you can easily calculate the tides yourself.  DO NOT attempt to use this launch without planning your put-in & take-out times in advance and do not attempt to do so anywhere near low tides.    Take the time to meet and talk to Joe at Haney Marine as he is one of the nicest and most knowledgeable people around, not-to-mention, the service at Haney Marine is second-to-none.   There is very limited dock space (it can be slippery and tilted at low tide!), and it helps to know some special tricks to tie up here stress-free.    Contact the Alouette Power and Sail Squadron to become a member and get access to this valuable local knowledge. 
Current Conditions: As of Late March 2019, conditions are typical for early spring.    Water levels are moderate but tides and currents are at their worst as we would expect during the spring, and this launch is highly exposed to those currents.   Water temperatures this time of year are extremely cold from all the glacial runoff, and Hypothermia and Cold Water Shock are to be expected….be sure to always wear a lifejacket! There is relatively little debris in the water as Spring Freshet hasn’t fully started but a few more days of warm weather and/or rain will see an abundance of floating debris in the water all the way through until mid-June.

Click here for real-time Fraser River water levels at Whonock (near Albion)

Albion Fraser River Boat Launch
Albion Fraser River Boat Launch

Alouette Lake
Golden Ears Provincial Park Boat Launch

Primary Operator: BC Parks – Alouette Park Management Ltd.
Phone Number: 1-604-466-8325
Website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/golden_ears/
Email Address: info@alouetteparks.ca
Directions/Address:  Alouette Lake Boat Launch – From Lougheed Highway near the Golden Ears Bridge, take Golden Ears Way and 128 Ave to 132 Ave/Fern Crescent in Maple Ridge for approximately 9km.  Continue on Fern Crescent to Golden Ears Provincial Park for 12km and watch carefully for the boat-launch signs.
Boat Launch Cost: Free
Parking Cost: Free
Pictures:  Click here
Details/Description:  This is the most popular and busiest boat launch in Maple Ridge with put-in/take-out wait times of well over an hour on peak summer weekends.   Alouette Lake draws huge quantities of boaters of all experience levels, and activity around the launch can be complete mayhem at times.   This 3-lane boat launch has an extremely tight hairpin turn that can be tough for boat trailers & rigs longer than 20′.   You must be extremely well prepared during peak-times, and we do not recommend using this launch during those times if you are a rookie boater – practice somewhere else!   You must be able to quickly back your vehicle and trailer into one of the 3 available lanes and load or unload as quickly and efficiently as possible during peak times.    It is best to do you pre-launch prep, and your post-boating cleanup/tie-downs away from the launch in the upper parking lots.  Watch carefully around the launch for small children and pedestrians, and be fore-warned that salty language can occasionally be heard during some of the conflicts that unfortunately occur.   The newer docks (removed altogether during off-season) can be steep, slippery and treacherous – especially unforgiving if your flip-flops are wet!   The dedicated boat-trailer parking lots quickly become full on summer weekends, and a long, steep (and, at night, quite dark!) hike is always part of the experience.   Report all polluters, poachers and impaired boaters to Park Staff or the local RCMP.   We highly recommend both paper *and* digital/electronic navigational depth charts as this lake has an abundance of shallows and submerged hazards.   There is no cell phone service within the park except for a few specific locations that only the locals know…..become a member of the Alouette Power and Sail Squadron to gain access to this important safety knowledge.   We recommend that you have a Marine VHF radio, and contact us for the mandatory Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate.  Please pack all garbage out and protect this pristine jewel of a lake.  Pay special attention to park hours, as the gate will be locked at night which can make for an extremely unpleasant experience if you aren’t careful.

WARNING – This lake can quickly become extremely dangerous and unpredictable during sudden high-wind events, and there are certain unique weather conditions and hazards that you should be aware of.   Unfortunately, fatalities and serious injuries do sometimes occur on this lake but most serious incidents are preventable with proper local knowledge.   Become a member of the Alouette Power and Sail Squadron today!

Current Conditions:  May 11th 2019 – Water levels are still very low but the boat launch is usable-at-your-own-risk, and only a very small portion of the dock (enough for one small boat on either side) is in the water.   The current amount of inflow to the lake from snow melt & rain is very low for this time of year.   Water temperatures this time of year are extremely cold from all the glacial runoff, and Hypothermia and Cold Water Shock are to be expected….be sure to always wear a lifejacket!    There is a fair amount of prop-bending debris in the water as Spring Freshet is upon us.

Click here for current Alouette Lake Water Levels.

Alouette Lake, Golden Ears Park Boat Launch
Alouette Lake, Golden Ears Park Boat Launch

Stave Lake Boat Launch

Primary Operator: BC Hydro
Phone Number: 604 462 1222
Website: https://www.bchydro.com/community/recreation_areas/stave_lake.html
Email Address: stavefalls@bchydro.com
Address/Directions: Burma Street, Mission BC – From near the Golden Ears Bridge in Maple Ridge, Head east on Lougheed Highway and turn left onto Dewdney Trunk Road.   Follow Dewdney Trunk for approximately 23km and turn left onto Burma St/Florence Lake Forest Service Rd.   Follow the road to the boat launch sign around 900 m down the bumpy dirt road.  Turn right
and the launch  will be down the hill to the left another 350 m.
Boat Launch Cost: Free
Parking Cost: Free
Pictures:  Click Here
Details/Description:     This 2 1/2-lane boat launch can be moderately-to-extremely busy in the summer time, and parking can sometimes be a challenge on peak weekends. This lake has a very long and narrow marked navigation channel that must be followed at all times or you risk grounding or sinking your vessel in the shallows where there are an abundance of hidden dangers.   Even in the main marked navigation channel, submerged hazards frequently change location and pose challenges – many boaters have broken propellers to show for it!   This lake is steep & deep with extreme weather and hazard conditions even under the best of circumstances.  The newer docks at the launch (removed altogether during off-season) can be steep, slippery and treacherous – especially unforgiving if your flip-flops are wet!  We highly recommend both paper *and* digital/electronic navigational depth charts as this lake has an abundance of shallows and submerged hazards.  There is no cell phone service on Stave Lake except for a few specific locations that only the locals know…..become a member of the Alouette Power and Sail Squadron to gain access to this important safety knowledge.   We recommend that you have a Marine VHF radio, and contact us for the mandatory Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate. 

WARNING – This massive BC Hydro reservoir can quickly become extremely dangerous and unpredictable during sudden high-wind events, and there are certain unique weather conditions and hazards that you should be aware of.   Unfortunately, fatalities and serious injuries do sometimes occur on this lake but most serious incidents are preventable with proper local knowledge.   Become a member of the Alouette Power and Sail Squadron today!

Current Conditions:  We explored this lake on Sunday March 31st, and this launch is currently open but use-at-your-own-risk due to extremely low water levels in the lake.   The docks are not yet in, and the navigation channel was in horrible condition.    Logs, stumps and other debris were everywhere and we had several near-misses even at crawling speed of less than 2 knots.  Water temperatures this time of year are extremely cold from all the glacial runoff, and Hypothermia and Cold Water Shock are to be expected….be sure to always wear a lifejacket!   Spring Freshet hasn’t fully started but a few more days of warm weather and/or rain will see an abundance of floating debris in the water all the way through until mid-June.  Pay special attention to boat launch hours, as the gate will be locked at night which can make for an extremely unpleasant experience if you aren’t careful.

Click here for current Stave Lake Water Levels.

Stave Lake Boat Launch
Stave Lake Boat Launch