LAKE HOPPING ON SALT SPRING ISLAND
Salt Spring Island has nine lakes within its shores. Almost all are used for household needs and drinking water. A ban for using gas motors has been implemented for years on Salt Spring. (Many fishermen use electric motors on their fishing boats.)
ST. MARY LAKE
This is the largest lake on Salt Spring as well as the Gulf Islands. It is stocked with bass and trout yearly which brings out anglers of all ages. There is an annual fishing derby which is held at one of the many resorts on the lake. Swimmers can find a spot along North End Road to park and take a dip. If some leisure each time is what you want, park near the Lakeside Garden Resort at the north end of the lake and enjoy the child-friendly sandy spot. A rope swing is set up about mid-lake for some adventurous lake lovers. On Tripp Road on the other side of the lake there is another rope swing and quieter places for a picnic and swim.
BULLOCK, FORD, AND ROBERT’S LAKE
All of these lakes are surrounded by private property and have no public access.
Cusheon Lake is mid-Salt Spring Island with a public access about half way along Cusheon Lake Road off of Fulford Ganges Road. This lake has a dock and beach area which is good for parents with children as well as kids who can swim and dive. Fishing is great on the Salt Spring Island Lake with an access for small boats at the public access area.
Located just off of Fulford Ganges Road past Cusheon Lake Road coming from Ganges. It is easy to miss so if you have passed Horel Road you have just gone too far. It is just a small access with a dock and surrounded by an organic golf course. This lake is known as the nude lake. Don’t be surprised to find skinny-dipping going on.
This lake is the source of drinking water for Ganges and surrounding area. Maxwell lake is the most pristine lake on Saltspring and people are discouraged from swimming there.
STOWEL & WESTON LAKES
On the south end of the island are Stowel and Weston Lakes. Both lakes have access off of Beaver Point Road. Stowel Lake is great for kids old and young alike with a sandy beach and a mid-lake dock for the older kids to hang out with another one just off the shore. Weston Lake has a tiny access which not a lot of people know about but could be found if you want to do a lake hopping excursion.
Have fun lake hopping on Salt Spring, and don’t forget the sunscreen!