Schoen Lake

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Schoen Lake
Schoen Lake, Photo By Russ Porter

Schoen lake and area gives you access to wilderness hiking, fishing and camping, the lake is one of the most beautiful lakes on Vancouver Island. Schoen lake park is located northwest of Campbell River in the nimpkish valley, the park is a little more primitive than some parks, but the chance to view nature in all its glory more than makes up for the lack of modern amenities. This is a nice lake with breathtaking beauty all around it.

You will find some great camping at this park, one of the few remote lakes that offers car accessible camping on northern Vancouver Island. Within the park’s protective boundaries are old growth forests, waterways, meadows, small lakes and black tail deer, roosevelt elk and black bears. Plus so many birds and awesome vistas that you are just in awe.

Schoen Lake
Schoen Lake, Photo By Russ Porter

Facilities at the park include a campground with 9 campsites, pit toilets, a day use recreation area and a boat launch. The park is open year round with camping fees collected May 15 to September 30. Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. The most popular spots are schoen creek, nisnak creek and up the nisnak creek toward the Meadows. Access to nisnak meadows is via an unmarked and non-maintained hiking route.

Access to Schoen Lake Provincial Park is on davie road (gravel), about 12 km south of Island Highway 19, north of Sayward. Paddlers can launch a car top boat from the end of Davie road. The lake has a good population of cutthroat and rainbow trout. The best fishing is done with a fly at the where the creeks enter the lake or by trolling. The best time to fish is right before dark when the fish begin to rise for the night bite.

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