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Nanaimo River, Vancouver Island
The Nanaimo River flows east through the Nanaimo Lakes chain and crosses Highway 1 approximately 14km south of Nanaimo city centre.

The fishable length of the Nanaimo River is 10km, with excellent access via paved roads and trails (Nanaimo Lakes Road and Thatcher Road).

The lower portion of the Nanaimo River, below Highway 19, provides good open water for drifting.

The Nanaimo River is a moderately sized stream, noted for its relatively late run of steelhead, which peaks during the period February to March. Cutthroat and rainbow trout are plentiful. Angling pressure is moderate.

Ask the locals to direct you to the Bore Hole, a very popular steelhead spot.

Nearest Town: Nanaimo

Nearest Lake: Nanaimo Lakes

Nearest Park: Petroglyph Provincial Park

Additional Info: Campsites are available at First Lake (Nanaimo Lakes). A launching site is available at the rest stop on the south side of the highway crossing of the river. Launch below the dam.

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