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STOTAN FALLS OPEN FOR 2018

It was recently announced in late May that land owner 3L Developments has decided to remove all tolls and fees and to once again open Stotan Falls back up to the public. More Info Here

Since last year 3L Developments had been charging cars $2 and trucks $5 to pass through the toll booth. In addition fees were being charged for individuals to access the popular swimming hole.

Now that the tolls have opened up the Comox Valley is free to use this beautiful spot once again. Lets help encourage a continued opening by removing all garbage and respecting the land. If we as a community take good care of it, the chances of it remaining open will certainly improve.

Stotan Falls

Stotan Falls

Stotan falls is a terrific place for a refreshing dip in a pot hole, or in some of the slower moving rapids. For the adventurous ones, there are some great falls to jump from.

Stotan falls is generally a safe place to swim, however, be sure to check the water levels. If there are any posted warnings regarding water levels stay out of the river.

Some of the faster moving waters, specifically around the falls can be dangerous for young and weaker swimmers. That said, there are plenty of safe areas and potholes for users of all ages.

Location

To get to Stotan falls, head up lake trail road in West Courtenay and turn right on the Comox Logging Road. Stay on the logging road, veering right when you reach the industrial area. A short drive further you will come across the water pipeline followed by another bridge. This part of the Puntledge River is Stotan falls.

(You can also scroll down to see the map!)

In the News

Recent Injury

In early August of 2018 a woman fell while scaling a rock wall near the fish ladder at Stotan Falls. Injuries sustained required the help of search and rescue to get her out. She is now calling for safety measures to be taken at the falls including signage and handrails. (See the Comox Valley Record article)

Opinions aside, this does pose as a great reminder that this is a natural river bed and with it comes some serious risks if you are not careful. Rocks can be very slippery even in the best of conditions. Fast moving shallow water can also make it difficult to see your footing. Watch for slippery sections and potholes, and take your time.

Previously Closed

While it is currently open, Stotan falls was closed by owner, 3L Developments a few years back following a dispute with the Comox Valley Regional District. They did eventually re-open the falls but its long-term future is uncertain.

Stotan Falls Open – for a Fee

In the summer of 2017, 3L Developments began charging users to access Stotan Falls. Their rate, $5 per person or $10 for a family. They also began charging $2 for cars and $5 for trucks and $1 for cyclists to pass through the toll booth.

Weather Closes Stotan

Due to extremely dry weather, Stotan was also closed in the Summer of 2015 due to a fire risk of the neighboring lands and public safety. They did re-open after sufficient rainfall had occurred. (See “Stotan Falls Closed“) This is something that is likely to re-occur in future hot summers.

17 Comments

  1. Resident Disappoints

    Was the best place for a swim in the valley. Now I just witnessed a guy working for the owners if of the property jacking 13 year old kids for 5 bucks a swim.

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    • David Peters

      Sounds like it’s private property owned by 3L Developements. How much would you charge to let people come and play in your backyard?

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  2. Michelle

    U have to pay now?

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  3. Phil

    Pay to enjoy nature? Come on…
    Let me charge you for the sunshine too while you’re at it.

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  4. Sheila Gallant

    Are dogs allowed at the river with its family?

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    • Comox Valley Guide

      Yes, I believe dogs are permitted.

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    • Kelly Johnson

      Yes

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  5. Marnie

    Are dogs allowed?

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  6. Dee

    Bizarre that this has become such a “business opportunity”, not only charging for a family, but their car too. So…if two couples come in one car, is it $20 plus parking??!!

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    • ellen

      no more charges as of late May. wonder where the money was going to? certainly not to improve nature.

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  7. Karen holmes

    Is it open now no charge

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    • Kelly Johnson

      It is open and there is no charge this year. It is fantastic there.

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  8. Lindsay

    Are dog’s allowed here?

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    • Comox Valley Guide

      I believe so, yes.

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  9. peter mcgillicuddy

    Free to swim there. It’s our river, not the developers. This part of the River is owned by a developer who wants to drop 1100 homes on two rivers and put up a parking lot. The land was gifted to a colonial baron, Lord Dunsmuir. He owned the railway and has streets named after him all over BC. But make no mistake this is the river of the K’omoks people who have lived here longer than Mr Dunsmuir or the Duke who currently owns it. Don’t believe the hype, they are not ‘generously donating’ a free park. It’s a scam so that Developer 3L can make a profit off the housing crisis and destroy 2 salmon bearing rivers at the same time. Anything to make a profit, including sacrificing the rivers from which we get our drinking water. You can not own water or rivers. Mayor Jangula-your time has come. The people of the Komoks valley have had enough of your old boy’s club. Stoten for the WILD and FREE!!!!

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  10. Islandsikora

    Is it difficult to walk to the falls Once parked?
    I have a bad ankle/leg and can’t walk long trails or hard areas? Looks amazing!!!

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    • Comox Valley Guide

      You may find it difficult. The walk is very short, but the vast majority of it will be over rocks with shallow yet fast flowing water. Many of these rocks are covered in algae which can be extremely slippery. In addition you have to carefully watch for potholes that are not easily spotted especially in shady spots. They can present a tripping hazard.

      If you visit these falls you should be good on your feet and use extreme caution.

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