Located a few kilometers east of Brewster Lake, lies the free Mohun Lake Recreation Site. A small site that consists of only 2 campsites.
Therefore it is very hard to get a campsite during the peak of summer. Because of this I had to wait until September after Labour Day to find an empty site.
I launched the boat, set up camp and I took a spin around Mohun Lake. It took me an hour and a half after leaving Mohun Lake Recreation Site to circumvent the lake. I stopped at a few spots along the way to check them out.
One spot was a beach which is part of Morton Lake Provincial Park. Just around the corner from the beach was Mohun Creek which empties into Morton Lake.
I saw a few clear cuts from logging but they were green and growing. Older second growth timber surrounded the rest of the lake.
That evening I tried my luck at fishing in front of the campsite. Not many bites but did lose a nice one at the boat. Maybe 8 inches or so long. Decided to go ashore and shoot the sunset with my camera.
The Sky Lit Up At Mohun Lake Recreation Site
At times though I did shut down the motor and wait for the water to flatten. Than I took a few photos of the beautiful light and reflections in the lake.
The predominant breeze that seems to be around every evening made it a challenge. But the wind would die long enough to shoot some acceptable photos before picking up again.
On shore it was a different scenario. Even though the light had diminished substantially by the time I got off the water, the colors were still beautiful.
I discovered that I had forgotten to pack my tripod so I had to hand hold the cameras. Today’s technology compensates for those times when my brain spins its wheels.
Fishing at Mohun Lake Recreation Site
Mohun Lake is a deep lake with a surface area of 2480 acres and a perimeter distance of 124,320 feet. The lake’s maximum depth is 144 feet.
It has steep sides in the central part of the lake with shallow sections at both ends.
The second day at Mohun Lake Recreation Site I went fishing.
In the morning, I caught and released two small Cutthroat Trout.
They measured between 6 and 8 inches. One was fat and the other longer and skinnier.
A doe and two fawns. The two fawns were very healthy.
The evening bite proved to be just as productive. I caught and released three nice Cutthroat Trout.
The two smaller trout were about 8 inches and fat. The other Cutthroat Trout was 9 inches and skinny.
Later during the week, I caught a very nice 14 inch Cutthroat Trout. He fought very hard and came out of the water a couple times. Unfortunately he swallowed the hook so I had to keep him.
A local fisher that I met towards the end of the week gave me some tips. He told me to head to the north end of the lake for bigger fish.
In Search of the Mohun Lake Holy Grail
The next morning off I went to see if his tip was true. The boat ride took about 20 minutes with a slower ride through the old train trestles. Be careful going through the first one as there is a dead head just to the right of center.
Hooked up and started trolling my willow leaf and worm almost immediately. My fish finder was reading 22 feet total depth so I placed my fishing gear at 8 feet.
Within seconds of sitting back to relax, a trout hooked on my line. I reeled in a nice 13 inch Cutthroat Trout and as per the norm he fought well.
Caught and released three more nice sized Cutthroat around 9 inches. Saw a lot of trout surfacing as I trolled around. All in all it was a good time albeit a long boat ride to go fishing.
I decided to head back to camp and try my luck out front later on. It turned out to be a hot day and I needed some of the shade at camp.
Alas, no Holy Grail.
Murphy’s Law at Mohun Lake Recreation Site
That evening I stayed out front of the campsite and fished for a couple hours. I didn’t expect much luck because of the first nights poor showing.
Boy was I in for a shock. Even here I did very well catching and releasing 4 Cutthroat Trout.
The largest trout was 8 inches and the smallest was 5. I lost a very nice one about 5 feet from the boat. Felt heavier than any of the fish caught during the trip.
Just goes to show you that this lake is fishy. I wonder what it will be like when the weather cools down.
How to Get to Mohun Lake Recreation Site
To get to the Mohun Lake Recreation Site you must find your way to Campbell River. From there you travel north on highway 19 towards Sayward. About 16 kms from the bridge that crosses the Campbell River turn left onto the Menzies forest service road.
This is also the road that leads to Morton Lake Provincial Park. Therefore you will see a Morton Lake Provincial Park 2km sign on highway 19 as a heads up.
After you turn onto the Menzies forest service road, drive for 13 km. There you will see the entrance to Mohun Lake Recreation Site.
Along the way you will pass the Morton Lake Provincial Park turn off and the private Mohun Lake Campgrounds.
Directly across the road from the Mohun Lake Recreation Site entrance is the Merrill Lake forest service road.
Use the form below to find out how to get to Mohun Lake Recreation Site using Google Maps.
The Skinny On Mohun Lake
The sunshine hit the Mohun Lake Recreation Site only in the morning while I was there. The sun is lower on the horizon in September. Consequently there is a lack of sunshine because of the trees blocking it.
By noon I was moving my solar panel around to keep it in direct sunlight as needed. I imagine in the middle of summer the sun will be higher therefore more direct sunlight.
The first time I stayed at Mohun Lake Recreation Site there was only one dock on the east side of the campgrounds.
My second stay a few weeks later someone had put in another nice dock on the west end. This was my favourite campsite.
The boat launch is between the two campsites and closer to the west one. It is a concrete boat launch and a little rough but works well.
There are two picnic tables, one pit toilet and fire pits built with rocks. Next to the east campsite is an overflow area which when empty allows for camping also.
Video Walk Thru of Mohun Lake Recreation Site
A road that follows the west side of the lake off of the Menzies road leads to a small campground by the railroad trestles. An abandoned camper sits there and is in poor shape.
There is access to the water from here but it is very shallow and you’ll be paddling a ways before using your motor. You’ll be using a cartop boat because there is no boat launch.
Mohun Lake is a very beautiful lake and at the time of this article camping is still free.
Getting a site will be a hit or miss opportunity because of its popularity. Park on the Menzies road first and walk down to see if it is full. The walk is a short one maybe 5 minutes or so.
If you are lucky enough to get a spot you will not be disappointed.
Don’t despair if the recreation site is full as there are a lot more sites in the area to choose from.
All of them are only a few minutes away and offer great Vancouver Island camping experiences.
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