Cameron Lake, Vancouver Island
Cameron lake is located on the Port Alberni highway. You will find a resort, a picnic area and boat launch at the east end of Cameron Lake and the start of the cathedral grove forest at the west end. Macmillan Provincial Park runs along the south side of the lake. The picnic area has a great beach that is an awesome place for the kids to get wet and play.
Cameron lake is a very deep lake and is quite unique because it contains brown trout that can reach upwards of 6.5 kg in weight and fight like the devil. These brown trout are notoriously hard to catch but when you get one on, well you know you have one on. Brownies have got to be the best fish to go after on the island. Big, fast, strong and will fight to the end. Catch and release is the way, lets let these fish get even bigger. The lake is also stocked with rainbow, cutthroat and kokanee trout that can reach 2 kg and are fun to catch. Nothing wrong with a 2 kg Cutthroat or rainbow on the line.
The lake is hard to fish from a small boat or canoe because the wind can come up fast and blow hard. Fishing from shore works OK but you probably will not get the big ones, you need a decent boat to fish this lake and troll deep for the brownies.
Cameron lake is a great place for wind surfing and is quite popular for this sport. The winds can blow pretty hard with lots of wave action.
If you look across the lake, you can see an old railway trestle that is now part of a hiking trail system. I would like to see the old rail bed made into a trail that would run from Parksville right into Port Alberni, would eliminate the hump and create a safe but very memorable way to hike/bike to Port Alberni.