Roberts lake on Vancouver Island is just north of Campbell River on the North Island Highway. There is a nice little store and restaurant there that serves awesome food and pastries. The last time l was there, there was a cool museum full of great stuff. There also were a number of cabins that you could rent.
The lake is a deep lake right at the base of Menzies mountain. The fishing is awesome. I have pulled quite a few real lunkers from this lake and have seen lots more taken. There are rainbow and cutthroat trout here as well as some nice steelhead get up into the lake occasionally.
On the south end of the lake, a new day-use site has been built. There are picnic tables at the end of a short well build trail. Past the picnic tables is a fishing dock. This is a good place to wet a line. We used to bottom fish right where this dock is. This is a really nice site.
There are a number of rustic, non-maintained campsites on the lake that you can use. There used to be some private campsites on the backside of the lake where they used to bring city kids. I think there were 3 of them, and they could probably hold 50 to 75 kids each. I don’t know if these summer camps are still in operation.
Across the lake from the store was one, it was at the base of the mountain and from this site, you could follow an old logging train roadbed that went for miles. I really enjoyed this hike and the wildlife there was incredible.
There are quite a few mountain streams that flow into the lake and bottom fishing where these flow into the lake will give you the best chance of hooking into one of the lunkers from Roberts Lake.
The bluffs up above the lake are great places to harvest wild onions and the lowlands by the lake are full of chanterelle mushrooms, a fry up of wild onions, and chanterelle mushrooms as a side dish for fresh trout, now that sounds good.