Buttle Lake

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Buttle Lake
Buttle Lake
Buttle Lake is located in Vancouver Island
Buttle Lake
Buttle Lake
LocationVancouver Island, British Columbia
Coordinates49°40′59″N 125°32′59″W / 49.68306°N 125.54972°W / 49.68306; -125.54972Coordinates: 49°40′59″N 125°32′59″W / 49.68306°N 125.54972°W / 49.68306; -125.54972
Primary inflowsRalph River, Thelwood Creek, Wolf River
Primary outflowsCampbell River
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length23 km (14 mi)
Max. width1.5 km (0.93 mi)
Surface area28 km2 (11 sq mi)
Max. depth120 m (390 ft)
Surface elevation221 m (725 ft)

Buttle Lake is a lake on Vancouver Island in Strathcona Regional District, British Columbia, Canada. It is about 23 kilometres (14 mi) long and 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) wide, has an area of 28 square kilometres (11 sq mi), is up to 120 metres (394 ft) deep, and lies at an elevation of 221 metres (725 ft). The lake is located between Campbell River and Gold River in Strathcona Provincial Park; there is a camping site on the shore. The lake is the source of the Campbell River.

In the 1950s, Upper Campbell Lake was dammed. Water from the dam backed up in to Buttle Lake, raising the lake level by some 5 meters. Because of this, the natural landscape of Buttle Lake has been forever changed. At times of low water, there exists mudflats littered with stumps from the forests which use to stand there.[1]

It was named after John Buttle, geologist and botanist from Kew Gardens, London, who discovered the lake and mapped the area in 1865.[2] Buttle also explored Vancouver Island as naturalist under Dr Robert Brown as part of the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition in 1864.[3]


From Strathcona Provincial Park which is located almost in the center of Vancouver Island, the main access to Strathcona Provincial Park is via Highway 28, which connects with Gold River on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Follow Highway 19 north past Courtenay to Campbell River, then follow Highway 28 west for 48 km. Highway 28 passes through the northern section of the park and provides access to Buttle Lake.[4]

Required Equipment[edit]

Around Buttle Lake, there are some campsites which don't allow campfires in the area. Travelers should bring portable gas stoves for cooking or use firewood which can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator at Buttle Lake Intendant near campsite area. No firearms are allowed in the park.[5] Four-wheel drive car is required because Parking is permitted only in designated areas and on the gravel portion of campsites.[6] Parking is not permitted on roadsides. Hiking equipment, swimming suits, small boats, fishing rods and bicycles are allowed.


  • "Toporama - Topographic Map Sheets 92F12, 92F13". Atlas of Canada. Natural Resources Canada. Archived from the original on 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  1. ^ http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/bcstudies/article/viewFile/2004/2219
  2. ^ Walbran, Captain John T. (1971). British Columbia Place Names, Their Origin and History (Facsimile reprint of 1909 ed.). Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-88894-143-5. OCLC 34583503.
  3. ^ "Buttle Lake". BC Geographical Names.
  4. ^ Environment, Ministry of. "Strathcona Provincial Park - BC Parks". www.env.gov.bc.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  5. ^ Environment, Ministry of. "Visiting Parks - BC Parks - Province of British Columbia". www.env.gov.bc.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  6. ^ Environment, Ministry of. "Strathcona Provincial Park - BC Parks". www.env.gov.bc.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-22.

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