Great Central Lake

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Great Central Lake
Great Central Lake.jpg
Sunset at Great Central Lake.
Location Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Coordinates 49°22′N 125°10′W / 49.367°N 125.167°W / 49.367; -125.167Coordinates: 49°22′N 125°10′W / 49.367°N 125.167°W / 49.367; -125.167
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 35 km
Surface area 49 km²
Max. depth 333 m
Surface elevation 82 m

Great Central Lake is one of the premier recreational lakes on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Great Central Lake is 35 kilometers long, with an area of 49 square kilometers, and 333 meters deep. The lake is long and narrow, with the exception of Trestle Bay located on the east end of the lake. The lake is beautifully nestled beneath low mountains, with majestic second growth forest hugging nearly the entire shoreline. The relatively steep shoreline has kept Great Central Lake relatively undeveloped. The water level is controlled by a dam on the east side of the lake.

The warm water lake is a popular place to enjoy fishing, boating, skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, hiking, camping, and ATVing. Notable features of Great Central Lake and the area immediately surrounding the lake include natural waterslides at Dorothy Creek and Della Falls. Great Central Lake is also the headwaters of the Stamp River which offers excellent steelhead fishing.


Population: approximately 70. The Trestle RV Park on Trestle Bay is includes 40 large, fully serviced, recreational lots. The development is over 60% sold out. There are also a number of float houses along the shoreline of Great Central Lake. Finally, Great Central Lake RV Resort & Marina is a private campsite offering seasonal rentals, based on a four month minimum.

Trestle RV Park[edit]

An aerial image of the Trestle RV Park on Great Central Lake.

Trestle RV Park is a recreational development located on the sheltered Trestle Bay of Great Central Lake. The park was designed around the concept of offering spacious recreational lots, in a top quality park, surrounded by the natural wilderness of the lake.

The development is currently 60% sold out, but there are still both waterfront, and off-water lots available. The waterfront lots give you the flexibility to build your own private dock. Every owner at the Trestle RV Park enjoys access to the common pier and marina.

Trestle RV Park is a gated community accessible by paved road. It is a family orientated and pet friendly community. Every lot is fully serviced. The amenities building have high end laundry facilities and beautiful clean bright washrooms & showers.

Marley's Joint[edit]

Marley’s Joint is an authentic Jamaican Jerk Hut located at Great Central Lake. They are a friendly establishment with a special dedication to Bob Marley, a relative of Chef Mark. They are open from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm or later, every Friday from July 4 to September 5. excluding the 25th of July.

Della Falls Trail[edit]

Della Falls is one of the highest waterfall in all of Canada at 440 meters high and a sight to behold. Della falls trail is a 7 hour hike to the base of Della Falls in the Strathcona Provincial Park. There are various campsites along the trail. A local fellow offers water taxi services to the trail head.

Diving into the lake

Nearby Urban Centres[edit]

Port Alberni is Great Central Lake's closest urban center, approximately 16 kilometers away from the Great Central Lake RV Resort campsite. Port Alberni offers various services including kayak rentals, paddle board rentals, grocery stores, and fishing charters and equipment suppliers.