Distance From Vancouver to the Beginning of Chilliwack
Lake FSR: 136.5 kilometers: 90.5 km from Vancouver
(Grandview Hwy entrance to Hwy 1 East) to Exit 119 (Yale Rd / Vedder Rd)
in Chilliwack. Then 5.5 km on Vedder Road to Chilliwack Lake Road. Then
40.5 km on Chilliwack Lake Road to the beginning of Chilliwack Lake
Forest Service Road.
Impressive lake views. Access to South end of
Chilliwack Lake through a side road (Depot Creek FSR). Accessible by 2WD
vehicles with decent clearance.
Very rough road full of large deep potholes.
camping prohibited. Limited access to the lake.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for the Beginning of the FSR: Page 5
(Chilliwack Lake) F5.
At the end of
Chilliwack Lake Road you have two options: to turn right into
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, or to drive straight and begin crawling
on Chilliwack Lake Forest Service Road. This trip report covers
Chilliwack Lake FSR to its split with Depot Creek FSR. We then cover
Depot Creek FSR to the end, and explain how to access the South end of
Chilliwack Lake from there.
1. We are at the end of Chilliwack Lake Road
(its end is right behind us), and are
about to enter Chilliwack Lake FSR. The sign says Chilliwack RIVER FSR,
but this FSR follows the side of Chilliwack Lake, and the
also calls it Chilliwack Lake FSR, so there we have it. The 50 km/h
speed limit is strictly enforced by enormous potholes, and it is highly
unlikely anyone would be able to drive faster than 30 km/h at any point.
There is another large sign on the other side of the road, and it says:
DAY USE ONLY! NO CAMPING! NO FIRES! NO ALCOHOL! NO ATV'S (sic) OR DIRT BIKES!
For directions on getting up to this point from Highway 1, check out
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
Chilliwack River Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
2. Chilliwack Lake Forest Service Road: the beauty and
Chilliwack River FSR Province of BC Canada
3. But the beauty prevails.
Chilliwack Lake British Columbia Canada
Here is our video of Chilliwack Lake in this approximate area:
3. The most panoramic view is at the 6.4 km mark (the
photo below is NOT at that mark). There are a few other good spots to
check out the lake and an occasional power boat.
5. At 7.8 km, there is a split. Straight ahead is the
continuation of Chilliwack Lake FSR, and, to the right, is Depot Creek
Chilliwack Lake FSR split with Depot Creek FSR
6. Chilliwack Lake FSR features a very deep cross
ditch shortly after the split, so it would stop just about any vehicle.
Chilliwack Lake Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
7. There is a good picnic spot at the split. Here we
see this spot, as well as Depot Creek FSR, which we took from this point on by
turning to the right at the split.
Depot Creek FSR Province of BC Canada
8. Very soon after turning onto Depot
Creek FSR, the road is
crossing a bridge with an impressive view to the right.
View from Depot Creek FSR near Chilliwack British Columbia Canada
9. But then Depot Creek FSR narrows down, and the
views are limited, save for this mountain.
Depot Creek Forest Service Road BC Canada
10. Zooming in to check it out.
11. Slightly less than 3 km
after the split with Chilliwack Lake FSR, there is another major split. Depot Creek FSR is
on the right.
12. Four hundred meters later
(ignore a left turn soon after the split), Depot Creek FSR ends at a
blocked gate. There is sufficient space for even a large vehicle to turn around and park nearby.
End of Depot Creek FSR
13. It's time to walk. The
Backroad Mapbook shows that
this is the beginning of Upper Chilliwack River Trail. There is also a
"Sapper's Park" in the area, but we have found nothing of the kind.
14. What we did find, however, was very nice -
a foot access to the South end of Chilliwack Lake. About five minutes
after crossing the blocked-off bridge, you would see this rather steep
descent on the right side of the path. There is a rope there for assistance.
15. View from the trail before the brief descent.
16. Once you come down, a
camping spot is right there.
Some bugs were present.
Picnic Area by Chilliwack Lake British Columbia Canada
17. We then went for a walk along the lake.
18. Looking back we see a large hill.
Chilliwack Lake BC Canada
19. A bit to the right is another hill, though a
20. Now looking forward again (towards the North end
of the lake, which is far away around the corner).
Though full of enormous potholes,
Chilliwack Lake FSR is recommended for the views and the eventual
access to the South end of Chilliwack Lake via Depot Creek FSR.