Brannen Lake is another of Nanaimo’s hidden treasures and, while it’s within the city limits, and can be seen from the bypass, in places it feels far far away. The lake is shallow and unfortunately infested with Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) which can at times make paddling difficult. Much of the shoreline is marshy and lined with beds of rushes and water lilies. It’s a great place for waterfowl and whildlife and the lake is a popular spot for trout fishermen. Access to Brannen Lake is via the Brannen Lake Boat Launch which features both a concrete boat launch and a sandy swimming area which is sometimes easier for canoes or kayaks.
Size: 109 ha | 269 ac | 1.1 km²
Direction: From the Island Highway (Hwy #1A) turn West onto Mostar Rd, then Right onto Dunster Road and follow it to the end where you will find the Brannen Lake Boat Launch.
Blog Posts: Brannen Lake
- Brannen Lake – Anglers Atlas
- Backroads Map Book VIBC19
- 100 Lakes on Vancouver Island
- Paddling Brannen Lake
- Brannen Lake Boat Launch
- Brannen Lake Beach
Brannen Lake Map