Benson River, Vancouver Island
The Benson River Is a small river that runs between Kathleen lake and Benson Lake. This is a fly fishing and catch and release river. The river has a great rainbow trout fishery and some of them can get pretty big, fun on a fly rod for sure. The area has some great hiking and some really cool caves to explore.
The area is full of wildlife and there is a good chance to see black bears, roosevelt elk, black tail deer, cougars, wolves and maybe some of the smaller creatures like raccoons, pine martins or squirrels. The bird life here is pretty awesome, lots of songbirds, woodpeckers and birds of prey. There are quite a few owls here with even a few screech owls.
There is a magical karst system in the area around Benson River, here you can see the Devil’s Bath, its a huge ceynote that is formed in a very large bowl of rock, its water is constantly filled by an underwater cave that connects to the Benson River. You can also see the disappearing river, this is another beautiful place, here the river flows down a canyon and into a cave that drops down quite a ways. Another two km further along and it reappears again.
The Eternal Fountain waterfall is another great spot to visit, this is such an awesome sight, its an underground river that pops out of a rock wall and disappears back into ground below with only a waterfall showing where it surfaces, truly an amazing sight.If you go behind the waterfall, you will find a hidden cave that follows the water as it flows down, until it drops down into a hole and is gone.