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Mission, BC— The District of Mission and BC Hydro are partnering this summer to help alleviate overcrowding and parking challenges in the Hayward and Stave Lake areas.

Last year, a record number of people visited Mission’s local lakes and parks to stay closer to home due to the pandemic, and high numbers are expected again this summer at BC Hydro’s Stave Lake boat launch and Hayward Lake Recreation Site, and the Stave West Forest and Recreation Area.

Beginning May 22nd, the following measures will be put in place to help reduce crowds and align with provincial health orders, including:

  • Limiting visitors: Site capacity will be limited to prevent overcrowding and ensure physical distancing can be maintained at the Hayward Lake site.
  • BC Hydro will allow only boat launch parking to be used by boat launch users: ATV and other off-road vehicles should park at the Rock Creek campsite, located at 7.5km along the Florence Lake Forest Service Road (FSR).
  • Stricter parking enforcement: FSR provides critical access to the Stave West Forest and Recreation Area for campers, recreational users, and emergency services. Parking restrictions around the Hayward Lake Recreation Site and on the FSR near the Stave Lake boat launch will be strictly enforced over the summer and vehicles parked illegally will be towed.
  • Increasing signage: More signs will be installed to indicate if there is space available at campsites and the boat launch. To ensure the safety of pedestrians and traffic, the “No parking” signs will be enforced along Dewdney Trunk Road and vehicle towing will be in place.

“Staff is working hard this summer to ensure that there is a safe and enjoyable visitor experience for those recreating in the area,” said Chris Gruenwald, Director of Forestry. “We will be onsite to educate the public and will provide alternative areas when sites around Stave Lake are at capacity.”

Know before you go:

  • The Hayward Lake Recreation Site gate does not open until 8 am year-round, with the boat launch opening at 8:30 am.
  • On a sunny weekend, the site fills up very quickly. Plan ahead by checking for gate closures and have alternate locations in mind, as parking outside the site is not permitted.
  • The Powerhouse at Stave Falls will remain closed this summer, and Hotties Food Emporio has also closed; therefore, there is no direct access to refreshments on-site.
  • Follow the @DistrictofMission, @BCHydro, and @Tourismmission social media channels for the latest updates or visit
  • Please ensure that you are respectful to the land and natural environment and pack in-pack out all garbage.
  • Campfires must be in designated fire rings found at the provincial campsites.


Project Lead
Chris Gruenwald
Director of Forestry
Phone: 604-820-3764

Media Contact – District of Mission
Clare Seeley
Manager of Tourism and Communications
Phone: 604-820-5389

Media Contact – BC Hydro
BC Hydro Media Relations