BC Forest Service Campsites

Welcome to the Campbell River Forest District
Forest Etiquette
Camp Fire Safety
Forest Service Camp Site Fee Schedule
Forest Service Contact Information
RCMP Contact Information
Forestry Campsites within a 70 kilometre Radius of Campbell River
 
 

Welcome to the Campbell River Forest District

Our forest district encompasses almost half of Vancouver Island, over 2 million hectares of land, stretching form the Pacific Ocean to the mainland coast east of Johnstone Strait.  Main access may be accomplished by the Gold River Highway (Highway 28) and the Island Highways (19 and 19A).

The boundaries of this district encompass half of the Island’s Roosevelt Elk population, world renowned Salmon and Steelhead producing rivers, large populations of Bald Eagles, Killer Whales and a multitude of other marine mammals, limestone caves, numerous fresh water lake systems, two mountain ranges and a large section of B.C’s temperate rainforest.  The mild climate provides year round opportunities for outdoor recreational activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, ATVing, caving, horseback riding and mountain bike riding just to identify a small number of potential activities in the Great Outdoors.

Forest Etiquette

Forest Etiquette is vitally important in the preservation of this most valuable resource.  Please practice it.

  • Be aware not to damage vegetation

  • Respect fire closures

  • Build campfires only in the fire rings and tend it carefully

  • Use only the firewood provided or what you have brought yourself.  Do not cut live trees or branches.

  • Dump smouldering barbecue briquettes in designated fire rings.

  • Use your ashtray

  • Clean fish well away from your camp.  Dispose of the entrails by puncturing the bladder and dropping in deep or rushing water.  Alternately burn the entrails thoroughly in a hot fire. 

  • Empty sewage from your trailer or camper at sani-stations only, never along the road in or near water.

  • Keep pets quiet and under control at all times

  • Avoid activities that may annoy or offend others.

  • Leave the site tidy – it’s your property that you are keeping clean

  • Take your litter and garbage with you when you leave.  Metal, plastic and glass do not break down, are unsightly and can cause serious harm if ingested or stepped on.

Camp Fire Safety

  • Keep fires small at all times

  • Bring your own wood, if possible.  Otherwise, use only downed dead wood.

Continuous gathering of wood from a site depletes the natural surroundings.  Most recreation sites have fire rings; please leave your fire ring and campsite in better condition than you found it.  Open fires are allowed for cooking or warmth if you follow these rules. 

  • Don’t light a fire without making sure that all combustible material is removed down to mineral soil for about 30 cm in every direction

  • Keep fires more than 3 m from any log, stump snag, slash, wooden structure or tree

  • Keep fires under .5 m in diameter and .5 m in height

  • Keep a shovel, or a pail full of water, near the fire at all times

  • Extinguish all fires before leaving so that the ashes and any unburned material are no longer warm

Alpine Areas

Camp fires damage the fragile alpine environment.

  • Avoid lighting fires while in the alpine

  • Carry and use a camp stove for cooking

Strong Winds

  • Do not light open fires when winds are strong enough to spread sparks or other burning material

 

Forest Service Camp Site Fee Schedule

All sites are on a first come first served basis, no reservations are required or necessary.  There are three distinct different fee schedules for forest service managed camp sites they are as follows;

  • User Maintained

Upkeep is done by the users.  No fees in place.  Campers are asked to respect the environment and pack out whatever they pack in.  Toilets, hazard trees and sign replacement are maintained by the ministry.  Structures and access will not be removed unless there is determined risk of public safety or environmental concerns.

  • Managed Without Fees

Partnership agreements are in place, however no fees are charged for the services provided.

  • Managed with Fees

Partnership agreements with recreation groups, community organizations, First Nations, private citizens, local governments or forest companies exist for these sites.    Fees are charged by the agreement holder, management may include supervision and daily maintenance. Unless otherwise identified fees are $10.00 per night for a person, family or party of six.

 

Forest Service Contact Information

ducksCampbell River Forest District
 
Address: 370 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River BC, V9W 6Y7
Phone:  1 - 250 – 286 - 9300
 
Port McNeill Forest District
 
Address: Box 70900, Port McNeill BC, Canada, V0N 2R0
Phone:  1 - 250 – 956 – 5000
 
South Island Forest District
 
Address: 4885 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni BC, Canada,  V9Y 8E9
Phone:  1 - 250 – 731 – 3000
 
Sunshine Coast Forest District
 
Address: 7077 Duncan Street, Powell River BC, Canada,  V8A 1W1
Phone: 1 - 604 – 485 – 0700
 
Vancouver Forest Region
 
Address: 2100 Labieux Road, Nanaimo BC, Canada, V9T 6E9
Phone:  1 - 250 – 751 - 7001
 

RCMP Contact Information

 
Campbell River   
Phone: 1 - 250 - 286 - 6221
 
Coutenay/Comox
Phone: 1 - 250 - 338 - 1321
 
Gold River
Phone:1 - 250 - 283 - 2227
 
Tahsis
Phone: 1 - 250 - 934 - 6363
 
Zeballos                      
Phone: 1 - 250 - 956 - 4441
 
Quadra Island
Phone: 1- 250 - 285 - 3631
 

Help Us

Information provided within this web site has been extracted from a variety of sources.  I am personally aware of many of these camp sites being in decent workable condition however; we would very much appreciate your feedback regarding any details in the site that may require improvement.  If you find information that is inaccurate or requires explanation please contact us through the Contact Us box on this web site.  We very much appreciate your assistance. 

 

Forestry Campsites within a 70 kilometre radius of Campbell River

Miracle Beach

BIG BAY

Description:  11 unit site with 2 wheel drive access, 

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, gravel boat launch, small float, watch for hazards on the lake, boating, fishing, swimming.

         

MILLER CREEK       

Description: 11 unit sit, fully treed

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, boat launch, fishing, boating

 

BURNT BEACH       

Description:  4 unit site set above the lake, 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, swimming, fishing, boating

                                    

GOSLING BAY         

Description:  6 unit site with 2 wheel drive access 

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, small boulder beach, rough boat launch, portage to Gosling Lake, hiking, boating, fishing 

 

BOOT LAKE             

Description:  3 unit semi-open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, rough boat launch, boating, fishing

 

PETITE GOSLING  

Description:  4 unit site, narrow 2 wheel drive access

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, rough boat launch, boating, swimming, fishing

                                    

FIR GROVE    

Description:   3 unit site, fully treed, narrow steep access road with limited turn-around space          

Amenities:  Tent camping, boating, fishing

 

CAMPBELL LAKE   

Description:  20 semi open site with 2 wheel drive access, gravel beach, grassy areas, limited turn around

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, boating, fishing, swimming

                                    

DOGWOOD BAY     

Description: 5 unit semi open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping,sand and gravel beach, rough boat launch, boating, fishing, swimming

                                    

LOON BAY     

Description:  10 unit semi open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, suitable for large trailers, watch for hazards on the lake, sandy beach at low water, boating, swimming, fishing

                                   

LONG POINT         

Description:  8 unit site with rough 2 wheel drive access

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, small sandy beach, short access trail to lake, boating, fishing

                                   

STRATHCONA DAM

Description: 15 open sites with overflow area, a co-operative project with BC Hydro, wheelchair accessible

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, outhouses, picnic tables, fishing

 

FRY TRESTLE         

Description:  6 open sites, south facing, easy 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, rough boat launch, boating, fishing, swimming

                                   

ORCHARD MEADOW

Description: 1 open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, suitable for large trailers, gravel boat launch, some grassy areas                                   

              

MERRILL LAKE       

Description:  3 treed sites, 2 wheel drive access 

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, not suitable for large trailers, small gravel boat launch, fishing, boating

canoes on beach                                    

GRAY LAKE    

Description:  3 unit treed site with 2 wheel drive access, part of the Sayward Forest Canoe Route, portage around log jam

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, boat launch and float, canoeing, boating, fishing

                                    

BRITTANY BAY 

Description: 3 unit site, access to Gray Lake, restricted turning, not suitable for trailers

Amenities:  Tent camping, boating, fishing

                                   

BREWSTER    

Description:  6 unit open site, short trail to shoreline

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping

 

CAMP 5        

Description:  8 semi open sites, site of an old historical logging camp

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, boat launch, fishing, boating

                                   

APPLE POINT          

Description: 8 unit open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, suitable for large trailers, gravel boat launch, boating, fishing

                                    

MOHUN LAKE   

Description: 3 unit open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, portage trail to Lawier Lake, float, concrete boat launch, boating, fishing

 

BREWSTER LAKE

Description: 12 unit semi open site with 2 wheel drive access, long narrow access road

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, boating, fishing, swimming

 

MR. CANOEHEAD

Description:   5 unit site on the Sayward Forest Canoe Route, boat access only

Amenities: Tent camping only, boating, fishing

 

AMOR LAKE 

Description: 10 unit semi open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, rough road, rough boat launch, boating, fishing                                                      

 

STERLING ISLAND

Description:  1 tent site on the Sayward Forest Canoe Route, boat access only

Amenities: Tent camping only, boating, fishing

 

SEAGULL BAY

Description:   4 tent sites, on the Sayward Forest Canoe Route, boat access only

Amenities: Tent camping only, boat in or hike in only, fishing, boating

squirells

TWIN LAKE

Description:  5 unit semi open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, rough boat launch, portage trail to Amor Lake, another 2.1 km hiking trail in vicinity of campground, boating, fishing

                                                                                                                                   

STERLING BEACH

Description:   2 tent site on the Sayward Forest Canoe Route

Amenities:  Tent camping only, sandy beach, access only by boat, boating, fishing

                    

CEDAR LAKE

Description:  4 unit semi open site on an old logging railroad grade

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, fishing, boating

                                  

ROBERTS BEACH 

Description:  Nice day use area, sandy beach

Amenities:  Picnic tables, short hike to lake from grassy parking area, swimming, fishing, windsurfing       

                                                                                                                                 

SITKA SPRUCE BEACH      

Description: Walk-in site, short trail to sandy beach

Amenities: Tent camping only, park on logging road pull out, boating, swimming, fishing

                                                                                                                                  

ALDERGROVE

Description: 2 unit treed site on an old logging railroad grade, 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, short trail to sandy beach for swimming

            

BEAR BEACH

Description: 2 unit tent site  

Amenities:  Tent camping, boat access only, old growth Cedar trees, boating, fishing

kayak beach

PYE LAKE

Description:  5 unit semi-open site with 2 wheel drive access 

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, boat launch, boating, fishing

 

McCREIGHT LAKE

Description: 4 unit semi open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, steep gravel boat launch, fishing, wind surfing, boating  

 

BEAR CREEK

Description: 7 unit open site on the creek, former location of a historical fish hatchery

Amenities:  Tent camping only, hiking trails nearby, boating, fishing                         

                                   

LITTLE BEAR BAY

Description: 15 unit open site with 2 wheel drive access

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, rough boat launch, short trails to waterfall and giant fir trees, hiking, fishing, boating                                                                              

                                                                                                                                   

PYE BAY

Description:  7 unit semi open site

Amenities:  Tent camping only, small beach, short hiking trail to rocky point, fishing, boating                        

 

PYE BEACH

Description:  6 unit site

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, sandy beach, float, swimming, fishing, boating   

 

STELLA BAY 

Description: 2 unit site, limited turn around space

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, sandy beach, rough boat launch, fishing, boating, swimming

  

ELK BAY    

Description: 7 units, 2 sites with boat launch, access to fresh water

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, day use area 2 wheel drive access, canoeing, horseshoe pitch, boating, salt water fishing

                                                                                                                                   

STELLA BEACH

Description: 12 semi open site, 2 wheel drive access

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, sandy beach, swimming, fishing, boating                      

night over lake

FRAZER BAY 

Description:  Float tie-up space made available for boaters

Amenities: Tent camping only, boat access, picnic tables on float, salt water fishing, boating  

                                                                                                                                          

MONTAGUE CREEK

Description: 1 unit site best suited for day use

Amenities: No camping, picnic tables

 

JUNCTION POOL

Description: 10 unit semi open site at Adam and Eve River junction, 2 wheel drive access

Amenities: Tent or trailer camping, fishing, hiking           

 

TSITIKA CROSSING 

Description:  4 unit site, 2 wheel drive access, adjacent to river

Amentiies: Tent or trailer camping, fishing

 

McNAIR LAKE

Description:  4 tent sites

Amenities:  Tent camping only, mountain biking, hiking                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

SCHOEN LAKE        

Description:  10 unit sites, gravel road in poor condition

Amenities:  Tent or trailer camping, hiking, fishing, windsurfing