Rhododendron Lake

Rhododendron Lake near Nanaimo, BC

This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars
2 kms
Canoeing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Nanaimo, BC
User katherinebickford
NTS Map:92F1. Rhododendron Lake is a small lake that was once a popular picnicing and camping site maintained by MacMillan Bloedel; one of many forestry campsites on Vancouver Island. In recent years, many of these sites have been closed, partly because of vandalism and partly as logging areas are decomishioned and restored to their natural state.

A rough and largely overgrown trail loops around the lake, through areas that are home to many of Vancouver Islands indigenous plants, and of course to the namesake shrub of the lake. The lake is suitable for kayaking and canoeing, but the carry from the parking area is rough, steep and daunting; making it a lot of work for a relatively small paddling area.

On my last trip to Rhododendron Lake, I spotted two small bears rambling across the road, and many small deer feeding along the brush line. I also spent 45 minutes searching in vain for a hub cap that flew off on the logging main road; I didn't even bother stopping when the second one flew off.

The surrounding area is fantastic for hiking along abandonded logging side roads, but permission must be acquired from the gate keeper at the entrance to the logging division. There is a day use fee for this area, payable at the entrance.


Rhododendron Lake is located 21 kilometres southwest of the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay via the Northwest Bay logging mainline. A map of the area and driving directions are provided free of charge. Centre of lake: 92F/1 49?11'00" 124?17'00"

Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By squeakyzeePosted By: squeakyzee  - Fri Apr 17 04:19:12 UTC 2015 Not Rated GroupTrip Is there camping available at this site?

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By teresahPosted By: teresah  - Thu May 07 18:12:41 UTC 2009 Not Rated Upside no fee is charged anymore
By teresahPosted By: teresah  - Thu May 07 18:11:33 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question There is no longer a fee charged at the northwest bay logging rd gate booth

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