Cameron Lake is a spectacular lake with crystal clear water, surround by high densely forested hills. The Northern shore is largely undeveloped (There are a handful of cottages at Western end of the lake.). The old, now abandoned, Port Alberni railway line runs along the North shore and about mid-way down the lake is a gorgeous old railway trestle bridge. The Trestle can be reached either by a trail starting at Cathedral Grove (located at the Western end of Cameron Lake), or from a highway lay-bye located HERE. There are several possible off road campsites along the Northern lake shore.
Cameron Lake is also one of the few lakes in British Columbia where anglers can find Brown Trout which were introduced into the lake in the 1930’s and 40’s. A giant and, as yet, unidentified fish has also been spotted in the lake. Researches speculate that it may be a giant carp of some kind.
Unfortunately the often busy Alberni Highway (Hwy #4) runs along the Southern shoreline, detracting from this otherwise perfect lake. There is no public boat launch but the lake can be accessed via either of the two BC Parks Picnic areas, Cameron Lake and Beaufort, or from several of the highway lay-byes. Like so many of our island lakes Cameron Lake is known for high winds, resulting from wind-tunnel effect created by the surrounding mountains, making it a favorite location for kite surfers.
Size: 437.7 ha | 1082 ac | 4.4 km²
Direction: About 14 km east of Port Alberni, BC and 22 km west of Qualicum Beach on Highway 14.
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