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Fairy Lake, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island
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 Island.

Access to Fairy Lake from Port Renfrew is via Harris Creek Main logging road to Cowichan Lake.

In fall, salmon put on a show by jumping and splashing all around Fairy Lake.

Size: 33.3 hectares (82.3 acres)

Elevation: 30 metres

Depth: Maximum 5 metres/18 feet

Fairy Lake, Port Renfrew, BC
Fish Found: Cutthroat Trout (resident and sea-run), Dolly Varden char.

Best Fishing: May to June, September to October.

Facilities: 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 months.

Nearest Lake: Lizard Lake

Nearest Park: Juan De Fuca Provincial Park

Additional Info: Fishing restrictions apply - see regulations. Fly-fishing only. Engine power restriction (7.5kw/10hp).

Bonsai Fir Tree, Fairy Lake
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.

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.

Nearby Regions & Towns
Port Renfrew
Jordan River
West Coast Hwy 14
South Island
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