Enjoy beautiful lakefront camping with now crowds.

Southwest of Hope and just east of Chilliwack, Jones Lake is a recreation site at a reservoir lake in the coastal mountain range, managed by BC Hydro. Set below granite mountain peaks and surrounded by a dense forest (that is unfortunately being logged), this lake isn't pristine, but it sure is pretty. There is a total of 55 campgrounds in 3 campgrounds around the lake with pit toilets and room for parking. Remember that these spots don't have potable water, so be sure to bring your own.

From Chilliwack, follow Hwy 1 east for 32km (19.8 mi) until you reach Junction 153 / Jones Lake Forestry Road. Follow the 4WD road as it climbs up a 11km (6.8 mi) dirt road over the Fraser Valley. You can make this trip without a 4WD car, but it is a rough road. Once there, grab a camp spot at either the rec sites or on the beach between the giant tree stumps.

Note that BC Hydro claims this is a 'alcohol free zone', but I'm not sure how much this is enforced. Also, don't drink the water from the lake.

For more information, check out the Jones Lake page on BCHydro.com.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Food
  • Hammock
  • Kayak
  • Kite
  • Bocce set
  • Chairs
  • Firewood
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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