Woss Lake Campground is a rustic campsite built where the Woss River leaves the lake and makes its way towards the Village of Woss while heading towards the Nimpkish Valley.
History has it that the village of Woss in British Columbia Canada was built in 1948 by Canadian Forest Products (Canfor). The logging camp was to be the main headquarters and maintenance yard for the extension of the Beaver Cove railway into the Nimpkish Valley. It wasn’t until the mid 1960’s that road access was built in the area.
It didn’t take the local loggers long to discover the beautiful Woss Lake nestled among the Haihte Range of mountains which contain some of the largest remaining glaciers on Vancouver Island. The southern part of the watershed is shadowed by the northern slope of Rugged Mountain which is also the gateway to the Oolichan Trail.
The Oolichan Trail can be accessed in Woss Lake Provincial Park and will hike you through some of the most remote wilderness that Vancouver Island has to offer as you make your way to Tahsis Inlet in Nootka Sound. The trail was used by the Namgis First Nation to trade with the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation as well as a route to the waters of Nootka Sound.
Within the provincial park there are a few sites with wooden tent pads and a compost toilet. Overall the best opportunity for a proper campground lies at the other end of Woss Lake near the village of Woss.
Woss Lake Campground has two entrances with the first one being the loop road that winds around the campsites past the log cabins and boat launch until you exit back onto Rona Road. The second entrance allows you to access the top campsite or follow the road down to the boat ramp and loop back to the first entrance. Top campsite will hold quite a few campers or motorhomes as it is a fairly good size.
This campground offers 24 self maintained campsites with fire rings, picnic tables and pit toilets. The toilets are in rough shape but usable while a couple are in good shape.
There is a natural sandy boat launch and a dock to park your boat at. The dock is broken into two sections with no walkway between the two when I was there. There are holes in the planks on the dock so be careful when walking on it. The water looks deep enough to fish and although I didn’t toss out a line, I did see trout rising nearby.
The campsite is a little rough but overall I liked the remoteness and obviously there is some history as there are two derelict log cabins by the waters edge that were probably built in the days before road access to the lake. Possibly trappers cabins or a local who built them I couldn’t be sure as there was no one around to ask.
Woss Lake is roughly 11 (18km) miles long, 491 feet above sea level, with a surface area of 3447 hectares and a maximum depth of 504 feet. The lake, surrounding rivers and streams are important salmon habitat with nice resident Cutthroat Trout caught regularly. Woss River flows from the north end of the lake into the Nimpkish River and from there into the ocean on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Here are three pdf links to depth contour maps of Woss Lake for you to print or look at to understand the depths and contours of the lake itself. These are not nautical charts so don’t rely on them for accuracy in navigation.
woss lake lower | woss lake central | woss lake upper
To get to the Woss Lake Campground, you need to drive to Campbell River or Gold River and head north from there. The highway from Campbell River is paved all the way to the village of Woss while the road from Gold River is gravel and should only be used by vehicles with good clearance and in excellent condition.
Coming up from Gold River will also take you past Muchalat Lake Campground, Klaklakama Lake Campground and Vernon Lake Campground. So there are plenty of campsites available along the way if you need to spend a night to catch some rest before heading to Woss Lake Campground.
The distance from Campbell River to Woss is 128 km using highway 19. Then the distance from the village of Woss to the Woss Lake Campground is about 3-5 km following Rona Road. Once arriving in Woss, you will follow the main street of Englewood Drive to Railway Ave and turn left. Once you cross the Nimpkish River bridge you will stay to your right and end up on Rona Road.
Use the form below to find out how to get to Woss Lake Campground using Google Maps.
Here is a pdf map of how to get to the lake using Rona Road from the Village of Woss after leaving highway 19 as Google Maps will tell you to go the Nimpkish Road way and that will take you another 20-40 minutes out of your way.
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