STOTAN FALLS

 

 

 

 

 

STOTAN FALLS CLOSED

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.

 

Stotan Falls

Stotan Falls

Stotan falls was 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. Currently Stotan Falls owner, 3L Development has closed access to the public, so don’t plan on adventuring out that way any time soon.

Stotan falls was generally a safe place to swim; however, higher water levels could pose a danger from time to time. Often there would be posted warnings regarding water levels when you should 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 were 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. That bridge is currently close as is the river-way beneath. This part of the Puntledge River is Stotan falls.

25 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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      • Tom Little

        The streams and rivers of this country belong to the people, it is criminal behaviour to block access to nature … free the beauty that is ours!!!

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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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  11. Beverly Wood

    Beautiful at Stoughton Falls but be careful very slippery as I was jumping from the rocks at The Falls level and received two compound fractures to my arm from slipping down the face of the Rock into the water being in a cast for almost 2 months now.

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  12. John Cousens

    Spring is here and the road is closed. Fair enough. I don’t want to encourage my kids to trespass where the owner clearly doesn’t want people cutting through his yard. So that begs the question – how feasible is it to park at Nymph Falls, walk down the Twister Trail and then tube/wade down the river to Stotan? Is the river easy going? It looks like it’s less than 1km on google maps.

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    • Comox Valley Guide

      You could likely do that – I am not entirely sure about how long it would take – but 3L Developments also owns the riverbed – so ALL of stotan falls is their property and would be trespassing.

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      • Courtenay Boy

        Nonsense. You can’t own inland rivers or waterways in Canada. Don’t believe anyone that tells you otherwise.

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        • Comox Valley Guide

          This may be true today, however they are grandfathered in and do in fact own it.

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          • Elliott D.

            They are not grandfathered in. The law reads as follows: 3 (1) Any resident of the Province shall have the right to go on foot along the banks of any river, stream or lake, upon and across any uncultivated lands and Crown lands, whether or not the rights to that land have been leased, for the purpose of:

            (a) lawfully fishing with rod and line in such rivers, streams or lakes;

            (b) lawfully walking, hiking, or roaming as recreation.

          • Comox Valley Guide

            In my opinion they should not have ownership rights to the river. But the reality is they do.

            If I recall correctly, this goes back to ownership rights granted by the Government in connection to the building of the railway decades ago. Ownership was given to the Dunsmuirs. TimberWest eventually took ownership, and then ultimately 3L.

            If I am mistaken, please provide a source. I understand the law, currently in BC, does not allow ownership, but there are exceptions that predate that law.

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