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Lizard Lake, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island
Lizard Lake is located 18 km northeast of Port Renfrew on the Harris Creek Main logging road, approximately 110 km from Victoria on southern Vancouver Island.

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

Lizard lake is filled with newts (salamanders), hence the origin of its name. Nearby Fairy Lake, however, is not filled with fairies!

If you sit quietly on the swimming dock, and wait long enough, you may be fortunate enough to see one of these cute little newts swimming to the surface to swallow a morsel before turning and disappearing into the depths below. As salamanders are dependent on the pristine waters of the lake, and sensitive to any form of pollution, please help these precious little fellows by not polluting the lake and surrounding forest in any way.


Swimming Dock at Lizard Lake, Port Renfrew
Size: 9 hectares

Elevation: 91 metres

Depth: Maximum 15m/50ft.

Fish Stocked: Rainbow Trout

Fish Found: Rainbow Trout

Best Fishing: April to June, October

Facilities: Cartop Boat Launch and Recreation Campsite (Recreation Sites and Trails BC). The treed 28-site campground is seperated from the day-use area, and there is a smaller, separate walk-in area with 4 tent pads.

Nearest Lake: Fairy Lake

Nearest Park: Juan De Fuca Provincial Park (Botanical Beach).

Additional Info: Fishing restrictions apply. Electric motors only.


Nature Trail at Lizard Lake, Port Renfrew
One of two freshwater lakes in the Port Renfrew area, Lizard Lake is very popular for swimming and picnicking in summer. A wooden fishing and swimming dock is provided for public use at Lizard Lake.

A 1.5-kilometre nature trail loops around Lizard Lake, winding through the forest of cedar and fir trees surrounding the lake. The area features numerous hiking and mountain bike trails.

From Port Renfrew, take the Pacific Marine Circle route north toward Lake Cowichan. At about 16.5km, follow the left fork for another 500 meters. Lizard Lake is located on the right.

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