STOTAN FALLS CLOSED FOR 2019
It was recently announced in late May 2018 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 then, the popular swimming hole has once again been closed. As of January 2019, access to the river at Stotan Falls is closed to the public until further notice.
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 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.
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.
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In the News
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.
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.