Stave Lake is a hydroelectric reservoir on the Stave River in, Mission, British Columbia. The lake is created by the Stave Dam located at Stave Falls where Dewdney Trunk Road crosses the river (the roadway runs on top of the dam itself). From the dam, the lake extends approximately 30 km through the southwest arm, through the narrows at Rocky Point and then north through the area of the original lake. The lake area is now about 3 times the size of the lake before the dam was built. The reservoir system is fed, at the upper end of the lake, by the Upper Stave River as well as numerour small runoff streams that flow down the surrounding mountain sides. The combined area of the flooded river valley (Southwest arm) and the expanded lake is nominally about 55 square kilometres (21 square miles). The size of the lake can vary considerably depending on the water levels established by BC Hydro for power generation purposes. At the present time the water levels can be extremely low during low power demand periods as the Stave Dam is undergoing seismic upgrades. This work takes place mainly during the Fall and Winter and is scheduled to continue until 2018. X
The map below shows the location of the Stave Lake boat launch. Enter your starting address for driving directions to the lake.