Kennedy Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Boat ramp damaged
Please note that the boat ramp located in Kennedy Lake Provincial Park has sustained damage and is in need of repair. Until further notice, all park visitors using the boat ramp do so at their own risk.
About This Park
Kennedy Lake Provincial Park is a popular day-use destination for lake and beach-based recreation. This park is comprised of two sites along the south shore of Kennedy Lake, adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Visitors come to swim, kayak, fish and windsurf at this beautiful park, where in the fall it is possible to view beach spawning of sockeye. Black bears are frequent visitors at this time. Due to the steep-sided mountains surrounding Kennedy Lake, the largest body of fresh water on Vancouver Island, winds whip up across the main part of the lake and Clayoquot Arm with little warning, requiring extreme caution by paddlers and boaters.
Facilities at this day-use only park include a small picnic area, pit toilets and a small rustic boat launch suitable for car tops only.
A number of small creeks under the highway offer spawning and rearing habitat for several species of fish. In the fall it is possible to view beach spawning of sockeye. Black bears are common at this time.
Park Size: 241 hectares
Date Established: July 12, 1995
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water; potable water is not available in the park. All surface water must be boiled, filtered or treated prior to consumption.
- Campfires are not allowed in this park.
- There are no developed trails in this park.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: This area has been inhabited for thousands of years by the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation. In the 1900s, settlers came to the area and fishing and logging became viable industries. Today, tourism is strong, encompassing wildlife viewing, sports fishing, kayaking, wilderness camping and other activities. The connection of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples to this land is a vital, driving force, and it is equally important for visitors to respect this connection.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Picnic tables and the pit toilet are wheelchair-accessible.