This adventure land is a popular recreation
destination for swimmers, boaters, paddlers, windsurfers, and anglers.
Experienced wilderness paddlers and windsurfers can explore Nitinat Lake and the
smaller lakes in the Nitinat Triangle.
is a lot to explore in the area, including canyons, caves, rivers and rain
Services at Nitinat
Lake include a small motel, restaurant, campsite, gas station and a food store
operated by the Ditidaht First Nations.
Nitinat Lake is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
The lake lies
alongside the Nitinat Main line road, with 4x4 road access from Port Alberni and
Bamfield on the Bamfield road and South Main. Nitinat Lake can also be reached
on Nitinat Main and South Main logging roads from the western end of Cowichan
Lake, a 150-km drive from Victoria that takes 2 to 3 hours.
Camping facilities are available at the
Nitinat Lake Recreation Site that is situated in a grove of giant spruce trees.
There is some great fishing in
both Nitinat Lake and Nitinat River, and in the lakes, rivers and creeks
that are in the area.
The Nitinat River is a good river for fly
fishing. A small run of Summer Steelhead occurs in June and early July, with a
run of winter steelhead in February, March and early April. The lower section of
the river and the mouth of the Nitinat are productive for cutthroat.