Rainbow Island Marine - Strathcona Park

Type: Boat Access Only Backcountry

Open: Year round

Fees: $10 / person
$5 / child
Payable in dropbox at the boat launch, or Online
Fees apply June 15 – September 30

Reservations: No

Toilets: Pit
Showers: No
Potable Water: No, Water is available from streams but must be boiled, treated or filtered before drinking.
Pets: Yes, on leash
Garbage: Pack it out
Fire Pit: No, Fires are only allowed in steel rings. Do not collect wood from the park.  (Check for fire ban)
Hydro: No
Sanidump: No
Accessible: No
Description: Strathcona Provincial Park offers some of the best backcountry experiences on Vancouver Island. This site is on a small island in Buttle Lake and accessible only by boat.

Things to Do: 

Boating - Canoeing and kayaking is popular on Buttle and Upper Campbell Lakes. Buttle Lake is subject to strong afternoon winds that may be hazardous to small craft. Canoeists and kayakers should exercise caution at all times. Two boat-launching ramps are located on Buttle Lake at the Buttle Lake boat launch and the Karst Creek boat launch. Boaters should exercise extreme caution at all times because the lake is a reservoir and submerged stumps may be encountered, particularly close to shore. Boaters must keep clear of swimming areas.

Fishing - Angling can be rewarding on Buttle Lake and on the other lakes and waterways in and near Strathcona park. Cutthroat and Rainbow trout are the primary catch. Tributaries to Buttle Lake are closed to angling. The Elk River is open to catch and release fly fishing only.

Interpretive Programs - The Strathcona Wilderness Institute, the non-profit society who manages the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre, has a great program lined up for the summer: nature walks, talks & hikes, including several new themes. The Wilderness Centre building is located at the Paradise Meadows trailhead in Strathcona Park, adjacent to Mt. Washington’s Raven Lodge, the nordic ski lodge. Check the calendar for the most up-to-date schedule

Swimming - Good swimming is available in Buttle Lake. Buoys mark the designated swimming areas  at the Buttle Lake and Driftwood Bay campgrounds. Although the water is cold, swimming is permitted in all the lakes in the backcountry except for Kwai Lake.

Rules: BC Parks Policy. Practice Leave no Trace and BC Backcountry Camping Ethics

Operated by: BC Provincial Parks

Number of Sites: Unknown

Map: Park Map

BC Parks
RLC Parks
Strathcona Wilderness Institute
Friends of Strathcona Park

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