The following photos of Poirier Lake, a hidden gem, were submitted to Sooke PocketNews by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. The photos were submitted along with the following text:
The CRD is doing some finishing touches at Poirier Lake today. The workers are placing new signs along the improved walking and horseback trails. Poirier Lake is a small pocket lake situated on the south side of Otter Point road just a five or so minutes drive from Sooke. It is a picturesque lake with beautiful red, white and pink water Lotus’s in full bloom. Wildlife abounds through out the park with a bounty of Dragonflies, frogs, salamanders, birds, rabbits that enhances its charm. Poirier Lake is a small and quiet lake where one can fish or take the wee ones for a nice relaxing stroll through the forest.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The proposed development plan for Poirier Lake improvements, according to the William Simmonds Memorial Park DRAFT document (referenced below) include:
- Continue restoration activities in the former tenant site;
- Construct a gravel access road off Otter Point Road and parking lot that will support up to 8 vehicles;
- Develop a Type 2 access trail (2 meters wide) from the parking area to Poirier Lake boat dock area;
- Construct a 6-8 meter walk-out crib into Poirier Lake to a sufficient depth that enables installation of a floating dock;
- Install a low profile 10’x20’ floating concrete dock for launching small nonmotorized boats;
- Install a second low profile 10’x20’ concrete dock on the south-west side of the lake to accommodate shoreline recreational fishing access to this dock;
- Construct a Type 2 connecting trail off the Panama Rail trail to the fishing dock.
- Construct a Type 2 trail (1.5 meters wide) from the parking area, connecting to the Day-Use area;
- Landscape selected sections of the development area to enhance views of the lake and accommodate a picnic/viewing area;
- Install split rail fencing along back of parking area to prevent unauthorized secondary trails to day-use area;
- Restrict lake use to only small non-motorized boats, canoe and kayak use;
- Promote catch and release as a preferred recreational fishing experience;
- Due to a soft lake bottom and considerable dangerous submerged debris, discourage swimming along the park shoreline;
- Where practical, remove abandoned materials and safety hazards from the shoreline areas of the park;
- Promote a policy of pack-in and pack-out for all garbage;
- Provide information, safety and regulatory signs as required.
JDF Trails (referenced below) recommends these walks around Poirier Lake:
Park at William Simmons Memorial Park (Otter Point Rd turn in at the Sooke Business park). Take the Butler Trail Loop around the Woods to power lines, proceed back via Young Lake Rd. Or take the Panama Trail into the Park. Go to the picnic area, Poirier Lake overlook and horse meadow. Or follow the Wieland trail south to the single track forest trails on Broom Hill for much longer walks.
- JDF Trails
- CRD information on the William Simmons Park Management Plan
- Poirier Lake Map, via Google Maps
- Otter Point Map, CRD (Poirier Lake is in the upper right quadrant)
- William Simmons Memorial Park – DRAFT
- William Simmons Memorial Community Park Site Management Plan Update – Consultation Summary Report