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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.


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

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.


  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.

    • 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?

  2. Michelle

    U have to pay now?

  3. Phil

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

  4. Sheila Gallant

    Are dogs allowed at the river with its family?

    • Comox Valley Guide

      Yes, I believe dogs are permitted.

  5. Marnie

    Are dogs allowed?

  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??!!

    • ellen

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

  7. Karen holmes

    Is it open now no charge

  8. Lindsay

    Are dog’s allowed here?

    • Comox Valley Guide

      I believe so, yes.


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