Fairy Lake is located
at the widening of the San Juan River, 5 km northeast of Port
Renfrew, approximately 110 km west of Victoria on southern Vancouver
Lake, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island
Access to Fairy
Lake from Port Renfrew is via Harris Creek Main logging road to
In fall, salmon
put on a show by jumping and splashing all around Fairy Lake.
33.3 hectares (82.3 acres)
Maximum 5 metres/18 feet
Cutthroat Trout (resident and sea-run), Dolly Varden char.
Lake, Port Renfrew, BC
May to June, September to October.
Car-top Boat Launch and Recreation Campsite (Recreation sites and
Trails BC). The popular Fairy Lake Recreation Site is an open RV-friendly
campground, with a beautiful sandy beach. It has a tendency to flood
in heavy rain, but is normally high and dry during the popular summer
Lake: Lizard Lake
Park: Juan De Fuca Provincial Park
Fishing restrictions apply - see regulations. Fly-fishing only. Engine
power restriction (7.5kw/10hp).
One of two freshwater
lakes in the Port Renfrew area, Fairy Lake is very popular for swimming
and picnicking in summer, and is a great paddling lake. A nature trail
leads visitors through the surrounding forest. The area features numerous
hiking and mountain bike trails.
Fir Tree, Fairy Lake
A unique feature
in Fairy Lake is the little fir tree clinging to life on a tree
stump protruding from the lake. The tree resembles a bonsai tree
and is visible from the road.
The San Juan
Salmon Enhancement Society works to preserve Chinook salmon stocks
in the San Juan River with a hatchery located one mile above Fairy
Lake. The Hatchery catches its brood stock with a fish trap and
net at the entrance to Fairy Lake, and the fish live in net pens
in Fairy Lake for a year before being released to the Pacific Ocean.
The Hatchery requires 1,000 adults - 250 females and 750 males -
to obtain the target 1 million eggs.