Basic Camp Rules:

Information for Students - LOWER KLAKLAKAMA LAKE SURVEY

This course has two components:

  1. Field collection and studies: Students
    must meet at Building 380 at 7:30 AM sharp on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Attendance will be taken at this time. We will return by the early evening of Friday, September 6th.
  2. Laboratory work processing collected samples and tutorials on data handling and analysis will be held during the first half of the Fall semester. The second half of the semester will be for writing the final report with guidance from instructors.

The field camp will be run as a typical biological field fly camp, so it is necessary that students are aware of camp requirements:

  1. Please arrive at Building 380 by 7:30 A.M. Tuesday (September 3rd) to participate in the loading of the vehicles and coordinate the drive to the lake. Attendance will be taken at this time. The drive takes approximately 4 hours. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the site and hence are encouraged to bring their own vehicles or car-pool.
  2. The field program may require both day and night work, typically in teams of three students and one faculty member. Students are responsible for helping in the set up and take down of the field laboratory. Despite the busy schedule there is time for leisure activity (swimming, walking, & fishing). Those planning to fish must have an appropriate fishing license.
  3. There are no showers or flushing toilets, but the camp has men's and women's outhouses. We will supply you with toilet paper and air freshener. You can bathe in the lake but we ask that low-phosphate biodegradable soaps be used.
  4. There is no cellphone coverage at the lake.  A satellite phone will be available for emergencies.
  5. You must have (supply) the following equipment:
    • a) covered place to sleep (tent, camper, etc.)
    • b) a tarp to set up over the tent is recommended.
    • c) sleeping bag (some form of a mattress is recommended – cot, foamy, airbed)
    • d) camping stove, flashlight, cooking utensils (pots, pans, plates, cutlery), low phosphate biodegradable soap for washing dishes.
    • e) Your own food and water for 5 days (one of extra rations included).There are no stores in the vicinity. Bring sufficient water in a refillable container, as we do not recommend drinking the lake water. Coolers are also a good idea. We will provide ice and water refills when needed.
    • f) Raingear and gumboots.
    • g) Waders (if you have them) are needed for stream sampling and often for macro invertebrate sampling.
    • h) Waterproof field notebook and pencils.
    • i) Chair to sit on
    • j) Plenty of warm dry clothes. Try to layer up! It can sometimes get very cold and wet on north Vancouver Island at this time of year.
    • k) Sunscreen
    • l) Towel for after lake bathing or swimming
    • m) Lifejackets are provided, but if you have your own, potential size issues will not arise.

There are a number of rules in the field camp, largely for your safety and comfort:

  1. Life jackets must be worn in the boats at all times.
  2. At least two people must be in the boats at all times (no single person boating). No one is allowed to operate a boat unless they have a valid Transport-Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Numerous short courses are available on-line for those that do not yet have their PCOC.
  3. Use the buddy system on all walks off the campsite and always inform a faculty member of your plans (off-campsite walks are only allowed on trails in adjoining park area).
  4. No evening boating unless accompanied by a faculty member for a specific sampling purpose). 
  5. No alcohol, marijuana, illegal or non-prescribed (for pleasure) drug use during field trip. Any student engaging in such activities will be asked to leave camp and will receive a failure in the course.
  6. No leaving of the camp by vehicle during the week except by permission from faculty.
  7. No electronic loud noise makers.
  8. For safety reasons, if campfires are permitted, they must be kept small, well within BC campfire regulations. Campfire activities and noise to end by 11:00 PM.

Public Relations

Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (CANFOR) kindly provides us with the use of this campground each year. As we are their guests, please act accordingly. You are also likely to meet other people on the lake. Always act in a friendly and respectful manner. We are always happy to provide overviews to the public of our activities and the program in general.

Directions to the Upper Campground of Lower Klaklakama Lake:

We will travel as a “caravan” of vehicles to the lake with scehduled group stops in Campbell River, Sayward, and at the turn-off to the Mt. Cain Ski Resort.  General directions to the lake should you become separated from the caravan are as follows.Take the Island Highway north through Campbell River and proceed past Sayward (64 km Campbell River to Sayward). At about 50 km past Sayward you will take a left turn onto the dirt road marked by a sign pointing to “Cain Mt (mountain) Skiing” and “Schoen Lake Provincial Park”. (The turn-off to the town of Woss is 11 km further up the Island Highway than this turn-off. In other words, if you see the turn-off to Woss, turn around and go back 11 km and take the now right hand turn onto the dirt road.) Once on the dirt road, it will turn quickly to the left and you will hit a split in the road. Take the right hand split, with signs pointing towards Klaklakama Lakes (Upper and Lower). Stay on this main road. After about 5 km, you will see Lower Klaklakama Lake on your left through the trees. You may also be tempted to take the left turn which points to the Klaklakama Lake campground, but do not do this. This is the Lower Campground and you want the Upper Campground of Lower Klaklakama Lake! (I’ve made this mistake. If the lake is on your right, you made the wrong turn…). Continue on the main road which will wrap up the west side of the lake (you will see it sometimes through the trees). Turn left into the campground at the upper (south) end of the lake. The total distance from the highway is less than 10 km.

Click here for a colour map of the directions from Highway 19 to the camp.

Coordinates of South Basin of Lower Klaklakama Lake (position on lake about 300m south of campground)

 681483 UTM E

5557728  UTM N

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