Recreation Area Closures

Upgrades & closures

Repairs and improvements to a number of trails and bridges at Buntzen Lake have been underway this winter. For safety, the east side of the Buntzen Lake trail will be closed until further notice. Please watch for trail closure maps and detour signs in the area.

Fisherman dock and canoe landing dock

Both docks have been replaced and final adjustments are being completed. Please watch for signs in the area.

Trails and bridges

Work began in October, 2016, to replace a number of bridges along the Reservoir Trail and Harry's Trail.  Also, trail rehabilitation will be taking place along Harry's Trail, Railway Trail, and the approaches to Clay Bridge. For safety, sections of the trails will be closed so please watch for trail closure signs in the area.

Construction is underway. The following closures and parking restrictions are in effect through project completion in 2018.

  • Hayward Street over Ruskin Dam will continue to be closed to all motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian traffic.
  • Hayward Street will be closed north of Keystone Avenue (except for local traffic) to Ruskin Dam. Parking will not be permitted.
  • Wilson Street will continue to operate for alternating single lane traffic at the dam, limited parking is available along the street.
  • The Ruskin Recreation/Picnic site, located south of Ruskin Dam, will be closed to the public. This area, including the parking lot, will be fenced and used for construction.
  • The Lower Railway parking lot, northwest of Ruskin Dam, will be closed. The interim Upper Railway Parking Lot, located further up Wilson Street, will be available and provides access for trail and beach users.
  • Hiking Trails: Portions of the 10 km circuit around Hayward Lake Reservoir will be closed.
    • The Reservoir Trail will be closed from Ruskin Dam to Hairsine Inlet due to construction activity on the left abutment. During construction, the trail can be accessed from the Reservoir Trail parking lot east of Blind Slough Dam at Stave Falls.
    • The Railway Trail (currently closed) can be accessed from the Upper Railway Parking Lot or from the Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area.