Schoen Lake Provincial Park

 

Schoen Lake Provincial Park is one of the few provincial campgrounds on northern Vancouver that offers vehicle-accessible camping. This very primitive campground is located in an area of unparalleled natural beauty, complete with old-growth forest, glaciers, lush meadows, and pristine lakes. It also protects an important wildlife habitat for deer, elk, black bears, and cougars. There are ample opportunities for catching rainbow, cutthroat, and Dolly Varden trout in Schoen Lake, which is also a good spot for swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. Endless opportunities for hiking exist in the park, albeit the trails may be rough and unmarked. This park offers a true wilderness experience, well away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. Please note that due to a danger of slides, the campground will be closed if rainfall exceeds 100mm in a 24 hour period.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping - - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - - - - - Boat Launch - - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - - Hunting Winter Recreation - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 9, reservable: 0, nearest town: Woss (27 km), Campbell River (140 km)

Additional Information

Location

Schoen Lake Provincial Park is located 140 km north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Access to the camping area is via the gravel Davie Road, approximately 12 km south of Hwy 19, north of Sayward. The Nisnak Meadows area at the east end of the park can be reached via the upper Adam Road. Both roads are rough and logging vehicles are common.

Contact Information

Namgis First Nation
Telephone: 250-974-5556

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $5.00 per senior couple / night.

From June 15 to September 15 the on-site park facility operator collects campsite fees, during other times campsite fees are collected by a self-registration system at the park.

Operation Dates

Campground dates with full fees and services: May 15 – September 30.

Camping is allowed during the periods of October 1 – October 31 and March 1 – May 14, but no services are provided; campers must be self-sufficient. Camping is not allowed from November 1 to February 29. The campground is closed and the gate is locked during this period. Typically the access road to the campsite is impassable due to snow from late December to late March.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 9 vehicle-accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. All sites are located close to the lake and no facilities are provided other than pit toilets. Campsite reservations are not accepted.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. The most popular spots are Schoen Creek, Nisnak Creek and upstream from Nisnak Creek toward Nisnak Meadows. Access to Nisnak Meadows is via an unmarked and unmaintained hiking route.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There is a small day-use/picnic area in the park next to the boat launch.

Campfires

Campfires

Campers must use fire rings provided at each campsite.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

This park has a rough boat launching area for car-toppers located at the Schoen Lake campsite; a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There are excellent opportunities for catching rainbow, cutthroat, and Dolly Varden trout in Schoen Lake.

Hiking

Hiking

There are no maintained trails in this park, however there are some rugged, unmarked routes that offer hiking opportunities. Routes include the Schoen Creek Trail from the Davie Road campground and the Nisnak Lake Trail. Or set your sights on 1,802-meter Mt. Schoen, a climb that will reward you with panoramic vistas of the lake and surrounding area.

Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park, however visitors do swim in Schoen Lake. Caution: Near the campsite is a log jam covering the outflow of Schoen lake flowing into the Davie River; swimmers should stay clear of this log jam as it is unstable and currents can be unsafe.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park in 5-km long Schoen Lake. Paddlers can set in at a rough boat launching area, located at the Schoen Lake campsite

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles are only permitted on park roads. Bicycles are not permitted on trails.

Hunting

Hunting

Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

This park offers potential for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the small sub-alpine area located 3 km north of the campsite. This area can only be accessed via Canadian Forest Products logging roads from the Mt. Cain road.

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