Dinosaur Lake, named for the fossils of dinosaur footprints that were covered when the area was flooded, is an epic destination to take an ATV for a rip. There may not be any dinos anymore (that we know of), but treading through this historic location in Hudson’s Hope, B.C. could leave a dino-sized imprint on your ATVing adventures.
“Dinosaur Lake Campground is very nice and clean,” said Lisette Vienneau, local rider. “You can fish from the dock or the shore. There is a boat launch and a small beach where you can dip your toes in the water.”
Lisette Vienneau loves going on day trips to Dinosaur Lake with her husband, Donald Blanchard. — Photo courtesy Lisette Vienneau
As if the area wasn’t already dino-riffic, Dinosaur Lake is getting even better in 2022. The District of Hudson’s Hope is starting phase two of its ATV campground at Dinosaur Lake, including the creation of its first campsites. The upgrade is taking place to support and promote responsible ATV tourism.
“The ATV campground will help curb unauthorized camping on vacant Crown land,” Vienneau said. “Campgrounds can support and promote responsible ATV tourism by allowing a section of a campground to ATVers where they can access the trail directly so they don’t disturb others that are not riding.”
Hudson’s Hope’s landscape offers ATVers plenty of places to play. — Photo courtesy Lisette Vienneau
Phase one was completed last year (puting grounds and roads into place) and phase two will build out one block of the campground with 10 campsites complete with picnic tables, firepits, and site markings. Rustic bathrooms and bear-proof waste and recycling bins will also be installed at the new ATV campground. Operational expenses for the campground will be partially funded through camping and firewood fees. It is anticipated that half the sites may be open this year, though no timeline is in place. The site will be separate from the 17 district-owned campsites that already exist at the lake.
“Hudson’s Hope is a special place to go ATVing,” said Vienneau. “The scenery is breathtaking. There’s a nice beach. Lots of trails. The sand dune offers hours of fun.”
“Hudson’s Hope is a special place to go ATVing. The scenery is breathtaking. There’s a nice beach. Lots of trails. The sand dune offers hours of fun.” — Lisette Vienneau — Photo courtesy Lisette Vienneau
While riding through Hudson’s Hope, Vienneau recommends riding along the beach at sunset, visiting the W.C. Bennett Dam, checking out the steam vents, and, of course, exploring Dinosaur Lake. Just watch out for ripples of water inside the dino footprints, because you know what that means.
“Dinosaur Lake Campground is very nice and clean. You can fish from the dock or the shore. There is a boat launch and a small beach where you can dip your toes in the water.” — Lisette Vienneau — Photo courtesy Lisette Vienneau