Gooseneck Lake, Vancouver Island
Gooseneck lake has always been a great fishing lake. The first time I fished this lake was in 1961, I was with my father and an old guy named Paddy.
Now Paddy knew every lake in area of Campbell River and he took my dad and us kids under his wing when we moved here and showed us his fishing holes, this lake was one of these. There is a rustic boat launch with camping at the lake. There are some fair numbers of cutthroat trout in Gooseneck Lake.
The old wharf has mostly crumbled into the lake now, but back in the 60s, you could drive right out on it and fish right beside your truck. There were two wharf’s on the lake. The first one was used to off load the logs from trains into the lake. After off loading the logs, they would be sorted into booms and towed over to the second wharf where they would be loaded back onto trains all sorted and sent to the mill.
Most log hauling on the island was done by train back in the day, steam was the power that drove not only the trains, but all the other equipment that was used. Steam donkeys for logging was phased out in favor of fuel driven engines before my logging days, although my older brother worked on one of the last in operation, out in the Port Renfrew area.
The father of a good friend of mine used to run the log dumping machine on the first wharf, he had some wonderful stories to tell about the steam donkey days with all log hauling being done by train.
There is plenty of wildlife here and you could see black bears, cougars, wolves, elk, deer, raccoons, pine martins and a great variety of bird life, so don’t forget your camera when you visit Gooseneck Lake.