Jones LakeLea Hebert

The Fraser Valley is renowned for its farmland, but it’s not all cornfields and flat landscapes. In fact, the water surface of BC Hydro’s Jones Lake Reservoir, hidden between Chilliwack and Hope, sits 600 metres above the Fraser River. This backcountry recreation area also offers a glimpse of B.C.’s hydro-electric heritage. Framed by Mount Cheam, the reservoir stretches 6.4 kilometres, offering plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing for rainbow trout and Kokanee in the cool waters. The surrounding trails, two campgrounds and boat launch are accessible year round. However, the recreational area is maintained only from May 1–October 15 so be prepared to pack out what you pack in.