YNTS Map: 92G7. ou can rent a canoe at the park or bring your own. I heard that they don't take reservations for parties of less than 10. Put in, and paddle across Pitt River to the mouth of Widgeon Creek. There are a zillion powerboats, or there were when we were there, so be careful. Once you get across the river you're safe though.
It had been really dry here all summer the year we did this trip, so the creek was about 3 feet lower than usual judging from the waterline on the shore. Navigation was a little tricky as you have to dodge sandbars and weeds but it really wasn't a big deal. We spent plenty of time up to our ankles in the water pulling our canoe behind us but the bottom of the creek is sandy and the water is beautiful, clear, and warm. Often we waded along when we could have easily been paddling.
There are lots of great little white sand beaches along the way where you can stop for a picnic or a swim.
Widgeon creek is actually a wildlife reserve so there are lots of birds. Bring your binoculars if you're into that kind of thing. We saw some really neat ones. No idea what they were but they had cool tail feathers.
There was a lot of traffic on the creek the weekend we were there but there was room for everyone to manoeuvre.
After about an hour and a half of easy paddling, we reached the Forestry campsite. I counted 48 canoes pulled up on the shore and that was enough to scare us off. There is room for 10 tents. We kept going up the creek a little ways and found a wonderful spot which we had all to ourselves. When we headed back the next day there were only 6 canoes on the shore so I guess most people were just up for the day. There's a short hike to a waterfall from the campsite. We didn't do it but we will next time.
Our campsite had a nice sandy spot for our tent and a fire ring. We "hiked" up the creek for about half an hour, which was really interesting. It was so low that we never got in any deeper than waist deep and it was neat to see the riverbed with little or no water in it in spots. We went back with our fishing gear after a little later and caught a few really ugly little catfish. Not much else in there.
After hiking and eating dehydrated food and power bars, it was a nice treat to make sandwiches for lunch, pasta and sausages for dinner, and bacon, eggs, and toast for breakfast in the morning. It felt positively decadent! We headed out around 10:00 the next morning. The creek was pretty quiet until almost all the way back. We fished a bit on Pitt River with no luck. I'm not surprised though. The powerboats were making SO much noise. We did have 2 seals pop up beside us and play for a few minutes on the surface before disappearing. That was a surprise since Pitt River is fresh water and not really anywhere near the ocean.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
From Vancouver, take Hastings which turns into Barnet Highway. Stay on the Barnet Highway until you reach the Dewdney Trunk Road. Turn left on Neaves Rd. and follow it all the way up to Grant Narrows Park.
From Hwy 7 in Coquitlam, turn onto Dewdney Trunk Road 6 km east of the Pitt River Bridge. Stay on Dewdney Trunk Road and turn left on Neaves Road (208th Street). Travel north to Grant Narrows at the south end of Pitt Lake in 18 kms. Kayak or canoe southwest to the north end of Siwash Island and cruise the channels of the Widgeon Estuary. It is quite well marked.
Reach this area also via Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada) by taking Exit 44 on the west side of the Port Mann Bridge. Follow Hwy 7 north toward
Coquitlam and the Pitt River Bridge.
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Posted By: LucasL
- Thu Dec 06 05:32:30 UTC 2012
UpsideNice with the kids, canoeing and small hike to the falls. DownsideCan be shallow at spots even at high tide. but it was fun to get out in the water and pull the canoe. CommentWould go there again with the kids to camp overnight. Saw a huge eagle. lots more people than i thought in the fall. I don't know if its dangerous or not, but I got out of the canoe to explore an area where i saw footsteps. Thought it was the camping area and firm soil but started sinking almost waist deep. Had a little scare there, ran through it again to get back to the canoe and sunk again. Kids were laughing of course at my muddy legs but I really thought i could get sucked in. Don't know how deep it can be. There were other foot steps around that tells me others have been here too, so maybe its not that bad. But just watch out, that's all. Further on, canoeing to the next curb was the campsite.
Posted By: hawke_gh
- Fri Nov 19 18:50:32 UTC 2004
UpsideGreat day trip CommentThis review was originally posted by: dimrn, Wed May 14 08:30:43 PDT 2003
Comments: This body of water follows the tides. So it would be wise to check tidal times. As there is an incrediable drop or rise in the water. The hike is quite nice with a nice waterfall for a rest and lunch. To hike to Widgeon Lake is roughly a 10km hike from the camp area.
Posted By: hawke_gh
- Fri Nov 19 18:47:41 UTC 2004
CommentThis review was originally Posted by: dirtydeputydog, Mon Oct 27 19:57:31 PST 2003
His Comments: This area is in fact part of the largest negatively acreting delta in the world.
Simply put - the delta is forming towards the mountains instead of towards the ocean. It grows and changes every year introducing new channels and low water routes throughout the marsh.