Fairy Lake is most famous for the lonely fir tree surviving in the middle of the lake. Many photos have been taken of this little guy making a go of it under tough conditions. The lone twisted tree poking out of the lake perched on a sunken log makes for a great photo.
The lake is part of a BC Forest Recreation Site located on the westcoast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada near the community of Port Renfrew, BC. The lake is a recreation destination with campsite located up stream from the mouth of the San Juan River.
Fairy Lake is a quick get-a-way for many locals and a great find for visitors. Some arrive at the lake to camp while others make it a day trip. Some of the activities enjoyed at the lake include hiking, swimming, canoeing, mountain biking, picnicking, photography and fishing.
The hiking trail at Fairy Lake is a 2 kilometre loop route exploring the forests and lake shore. The trail can get muddy and slippery so prepare with good foot wear. There are other trails and gravel roads near Fairy Lake to explore.
Most who fish the area arrive at Fairy Lake in May and June and some come in September and October. All come to catch cutthroat and dolly varden. There is a roof top boat launch in the park plus some pit toilets. No motorized boats are permitted. Fishing in BC requires a licence.
Nearby is a fish hatchery for breeding salmon. There is a rough trail leading to the hatchery. The hatchery focuses on maintaining the Chinook Salmon population in the San Juan River. Beware that this is also home to wildlife like bears and cougars.