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Schoen Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
With its superb scenery and countless opportunities for wilderness hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, swimming and camping, Schoen Lake is one of the most beautiful parks on Vancouver Island.
Located northwest of Campbell River in the Nimpkish Valley, Schoen Lake is a little more primitive than some parks, but the chance to view nature in all its glory more than makes up for the lack of modern amenities.
You’ll find peace and quiet at your campsite in this wilderness park - one of the few that offers vehicle-accessible camping on northern Vancouver Island. Within the park’s protective boundaries are old-growth forests, waterways, meadows, small lakes and essential deer, Roosevelt elk and fish habitat.
Know Before You Go
- Caution: Near the campground 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. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Nature and Culture
- History: Formerly a Canadian Forest Products recreation site, Schoen Lake Park was established in 1977 to protect and preserve natural values including representative landscape of the Vancouver Island Mountains, significant stands of old-growth forest and Roosevelt elk. Additional parkland was added in 1995. This section is referred to as the Davie River addition (259 ha).
- Conservation: The primary role of the Davie River addition is to protect old-growth forest values on a steeply sloping ridge, which is a significant portion of the viewscape for park visitors approaching from Highway 19. The area also protects glaciers, waterways, meadows, small lakes, and essential wildlife habitat for deer, elk and fish.
- Wildlife: The area protects wildlife habitat for deer, elk and fish.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
There is no designated swimming area at this park, however visitors do swim in Schoen Lake.
Caution: Near the campground 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. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campers must use fire rings provided at each campsite.
To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.