The first thing people notice when arriving at Kemp Lake is the pristine, fresh ocean air in the Sooke area. The air at Kemp Lake alone will make your trip worthwhile!
A short drive from Sooke, Kemp Lake is ideal for canoes and kayaks. Bring your fishing rod and a picnic lunch. Watch for wildlife, dragonflies, and water lilies while you are there.
While the boat launch at Milligan Road has been largely undeveloped for many years, a new fishing pier, picnic table, and pit toilet were added in 2020, providing the public with more options to use the lake.
The northeast corner of Kemp Lake generally borders the District of Sooke, whereas the rest of the lake borders the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (more precisely, the community of Otter Point). Poirier Lake and Broom Hill are to the northeast. There are no parks at Kemp Lake, and most of the shoreline is taken up by private homes.
Creeks & Watershed
Kemp Lake is a water source for residents of the Otter Point area. There are two inflows to Kemp Lake, the first found at the northern tip and the second on the western side. The primary outflow, Kemp Stream, leaves from the “arm” of the lake on the east side and empties into the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Kemp Lake was originally known as “Clyde Lake”. The current name comes from Richard Kemp, a pioneering settler of the west side of the lake. An early map believed to be from 1894 identifies “Kemp Town”, a small settlement of ten buildings located on the lakeshore immediately north of what is now known as Chubb Road.
For trail maps, access information, and much more, get your copy of the Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.