High snowpack in the interior mountains is expected to create higher than normal water levels in the Fraser river during the Spring freshet 2012. Detailed information on snowpack can be found on the BC River Forecast Centre website CLICK HERE . We will also try to keep you posted on this site when information is available regarding closures of the ferry.
River stage from the gaging station at Texas Creek can be found on the BC Wateroffice website CLICK HERE . The Lytton Ferry is usually operational when the river stage at Texas Creek is less than 6.0m. When river stage is higher than this the ferry is normally closed, although this is only approximate. Sometimes there is considerable debris in the river and there will be temporary closures to avoid the hazard of logs hitting the ferry pontoons. These closures are usually after dark. Note that there is a time lag of at least two hours with this data from this station.
Another variable is weather. Hot weather or rainy weather during spring freshet will increase runoff. For Environment Canada weather information in BC CLICK HERE
Travelers should also be aware of the Ministry of Transportation website www.drivebc.ca where up to date information is posted regarding road conditions and closures, including the Lytton ferry.
2012-05-31 Notice from VSA - Highway Maintenance:
PER VSA 10 BOB HOWARD
LYTTON FERRY IS CLOSED UFN DUE TO HIGH WATER
2012-05-28 Notice from VSA - Highway Maintenance:
Due to rising water, it is expected that the Lytton Ferry will go out of service within the next few days. Of course there is no way to determine the exact date and time of the Ferry closure; VSA would like you to know that it will likely be any day now.
Janet Moore, VSA Hwy Maintenance (250) 315-0166 ____________________________________________________________________________________
2012-04-29 Notice from VSA - Highway Maintenance:
"Per VSA 10 (Bob Howard) Due to the rising water & debris, the Lytton Ferry may go out of service on short notice or with no advance notice."
Further information and updates of closures may be found on the Drive BC website CLICK HERE
If you are planning to use the Lytton Ferry we encourage you to minimize vehicle crossings to what is necessary - especially during peak periods like holiday weekends, but also when the river stage is high because trip crossing time is greatly increased at high stage and operators face an increased challenge in docking the craft.