Lizard Lake

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Lizard Lake, Vancouver Island

Lizard Lake
Lizard Lake, Photo By Bud Logan

Lizard lake is a nice little lake on the south Island. Lizard lake is a very popular lake 18 km northeast of Port Renfrew. It is easily accessed off the Harris Creek main line. The lake gets its name from the salamanders who live and breed here, there are many. The west coast wet rain forests are perfect for these salamanders to breed in and this lake seems to be very popular to them.

There is a big, wide pier that goes out into the lake for almost 35 meters, a great place to fish or swim from. You will find a nice sandy beach along with a few very nice campsites to stay in. Some campsites are drive in sites and some are walk in sites. All include picnic tables and fire pits. There are pit toilets in the park. The Lizard Lake hiking trail loops around the lake, its about 1.5 km in length. The trail can be slippery, so please be careful.

Lizard Lake
Lizard Lake, Photo By Bud Logan

Most who fish the area do so from March to June or September to November. All come to catch rainbow trout. There is a roof top boat launch in the park. The fishing is good, so come on and give it a shot. This lake is stocked and has good numbers of rainbow trout that can reach 35 to 45 cm in length.

Since lizard lake is set at a low altitude with easy access you can fish this lake year round with the best fishing from March to June and again from September to November. The lizard lake recreation site has a good gravel boat launch, a good dock and a few camping spots. There is an electric only motor restriction on this lake.

The lizard lake area has many trails to get you out for a stroll and lots of wildlife for your viewing. You can see many types of birds here and it is one of the Islands best places view birds. The lake is filled with salamanders, this is the reason its called lizard lake. You can sometimes see them coming to the surface to eat, salamanders like all amphibians, are very sensitive to pollution and depend upon clean, pure water to live in. Please keep the lake and surrounding forest lands clean and free of pollution.

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