Beside the shelter is a communal fire pit, surrounded by benches. They say itâs also the finest trout stream on Vancouver Island and one of the best in the whole province of British Columbia, and I agree! Hiring a guide is your best bet if you plan on fishing the Cowichan River for the first time. The cairn was erected by the Burma Star Association to commemorate and tell the story of Major Hoey and the Allied Second World War campaign in East Asia. These include the historic 20 km long Cowichan River Footpath and a variety of day-use and picnic areas, each with their own unique features and highlights. Once youâre in the Lake Cowichan they have everything you need for a comfortable stay or a quick visit. They can also help you plan your Cowichan River Fishing trip for the best timing of steelhead peaks. Water is available by a water pump in the group site. Thereâs a thriving local art and music scene and dozens of outdoor activities, hiking, biking, canoe and kayaking just to name a few. Skutz Falls offers magnificent views of river rapids and a man-made fish ladder. Next Previous. Due to extremely unstable slopes and ongoing landslides, the Stoltz Bluff Trail is closed. Vehicles are only allowed to drop off at the shelter and then have to park in the lot. Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping. The river can be dangerous certain times of the year; especially in winter, fall or spring. Visitors must familiarize themselves prior to entering the river. Discussion in 'Freshwater Fishing Forum' started by cognito, Oct 17, 2020. Effective immediately, the no fishing order for the following portion of the Cowichan River is lifted, allowing for non-retention salmon fishing: Cowichan River – from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park. Lake Cowichan is also the last fuel stop before driving on to Port Renfrew or Sooke, which would make a beautiful drive as you look for bears and elk along the way. There are also three dozen totem poles, the worldâs largest collection. If that is identified in the Exceptions, these regulations take the place of the Standard Regulations (e.g., season, daily limits, etc. The restored 66-Mile and Holt Creek railway trestles along the Trans-Canada Trail offer spectacular river views and the opportunity to imagine back to a time when log-laden traincars would thunder along these tracks high above the Cowichan River. The following rivers and streams or sections thereof are available for public fishing through the courtesy of the landowner, or where indicated by posters, through cooperative agreement, lease, or state ownership. Goldstream River : All: Apr 01 to Mar 31: No fishing for salmon. The park is adjacent to an abandoned rail right-of-way, which provides recreation opportunities for cyclists, hikers and horseback riders. While staying at the park, visitors can enjoy other features of Cowichan River Provincial Park. All: Sep 01 to Nov 15: Fly-fishing only. Severe rapids exist at Marie Canyon and Skutz Falls throughout the year. Koksilah River: including tributaries. Read the Standard Regulations that apply to all waters in that District. At Stoltz Pool, the picnic site overlooks the river from a grassy area nestled in a grove of old big leaf maple trees. Paddlers should also expect natural occurrences such as log jams and sweepers at any point and at any time along the river. Travelling the 47km long river from cowichan Bay to the headwaters Lake Cowichan thereâs several routes you can take. No fishing: downstream of the weir on Cowichan Lake to 66 Mile Trestle. The Cowichan river fishing is open to fly fishing in the upper portion from the weir on the Lake Cowichan to the Mile 66 Trestle. Warning: The Cowichan River has fluctuating water levels and swift currents. Visitors wishing to swim or float tube in this area must familiarize themselves prior to entering the river. February 3, 2020 River Hazards. Visitors should also expect natural occurrences such as log jams and sweepers at any point and at any time along the river. iGuideBC2043 Mable RdShawnigan Lake [email protected] The Burma Star Memorial Cairn, a replica of the Kohima Monument in Myamar (Burma) is located here. If youâre pressed for time the highway would be the best bet, but those of you looking for the scenic route River Bottom Road takes the long way around, but itâs very worth the drive. Please read this, Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $20.00 per party / night, BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.00 per, freshwater (non-tidal) sport fishing regulations and saltwater sport fishing regulations, The Cowichan Fish and Game Association operates a shooting range in Cowichan River Park at 4295 Robertson Road. Information on these hazards and pull-out locations are posted at the park. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served. Youâll navigate the windy road following the historical Cowichan River, passing by several great fishing spots, picnic areas and overnight camping spots, before entering the small community of Lake Cowichan. The shooting range is closed to the public as per its Park Use Permit issued under the. The regulations can be a bit confusing if you’re not from the area. The Cowichan River is a highly important river because of its variety and abundance of fish species, including coho, Chinook and chum salmon, steelhead and Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout. There are no lifeguards at Provincial Parks. While the Cowichan River fishing is what brings you here itâs definitely not the only attraction. Probably should take a good look at the regulations before you hit the river. Water is available through a water pump at the site. For up-to-date information, all anglers should check all current and relevant freshwater (non-tidal) sport fishing regulations and saltwater sport fishing regulations, including the appropriate licensing requirements, prior to fishing. This park offers excellent river fishing opportunities. If youâre as much of a foodie as I am, youâll be pleased with the array of quality cuisine. The Cowichan river fishing is open to fly fishing in the upper portion from the weir on the Lake Cowichan to the Mile 66 Trestle. ). Children should be accompanied by an adult when in or near the river. There are three main access points to this Cowichan River Provincial Park: Canoeing and kayaking are popular in the Stoltz Pool day-use area. There is a gravel parking lot situated between the river and the group site.Â Due to recent river bank erosion, the parking lot has limited room for RVs and travel trailers.Â If additional RV parking is required, please contact the Park Operator prior to your arrival.Â Please be cautious with children, as the river runs alongside the group site area, and can run high and fast during the spring and fall. Parking is in a gravel lot above the site. It is one of only two rivers in British Columbia known to have Brown trout, which was introduced from Scotland in the 1930s. There is no field area at this site, but instead there are 16 tent pads with trails leading to each one. Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $11.00 per party / night, During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Park Size: 1,414 hectares. intended trip, including which trail or area of the park they plan to After a long day Cowichan river fishing or just enjoying the sights, Duncanâs culinary tourism has been on the upswing for years. Whether you want to go swimming, canoeing, white-water kayaking, tubing, camping, fishing or hiking, or just want to take it easy in the sun, you’re bound to find something to do in this “recreation corridor” south of Duncan. There are 11 tent pads. Latest News. It also hosts the unique introduced species of brown trout, which exciting to us passionate anglers. The Vancouver Island Health Authority recommends visitors to Cowichan River Park to boil water collected from the water pumps for at least one minute or otherwise disinfect before drinking, brushing teeth or using water for food preparation that will not be cooked. Washington State recreational fishing seasons and regulations for July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. The Cowichan valley is also the starting point of your amazing Cowichan River Fishing adventure. Right now it is open for fly fishing only above the mile 66 bridge but is closed below it with a chance potentially opening Early November or by November 15. http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=manage_subscription, [email protected]a, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Brenda will make you feel right at home as you get a good nightâs rest for your next day of exploration. Warning: The Cowichan River has fluctuating water levels and swift currents. Severe rapids exist at Marie Canyon and Skutz Falls throughout the year. use, along with arrival and departure times, with a friend or relative. The regionâs unofficial capital is Duncan and itâs downtown core is full of hidden gems to explore. There is a shelter with a wood stove inside, picnic tables inside and out, and a fire ring. View All. This site has a shelter and is situated beside Cowichan River amongst the trees. River viewing points at Skutz Falls and Marie Canyon are prime locations to watch spawning salmon in the fall, or to have a picnic at the end of a day’s hike. Reservation information ». Campers and RVs can camp in the parking lot. All fishing is often closed in this section of the river from October to mid-December; specific fishing closures are posted at information shelters within the park. Central Cowichan community policing service seeking expressions of interest . The CVRD has issued a public Request for Expression of Interest to take on the Cowichan Community Policing Services. Cowichan River is a natural watercourse with natural hazards that may pose significant risks to river users (tubers are especially at risk). If Lake Cowichan is as far as youâd like to travel on your fishing adventure I highly recommend a stay at the Cowichan Riverside Cottage. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available. Hiring a guide is your best bet if you plan on fishing the Cowichan River for the first time. The river is suitable for year-round kayaking, although the best water conditions are from October through to June. Cold water hand pumps are located at Stoltz Pool campground, Stoltz Pool group site and Horseshoe Bend group site. This is due to the unique ecosystem and abundant insects and crustaceans. From the town of Duncan youâre within a stones throw from the lower and very productive reaches of the cowichan river where 90% of the salmon and steelhead will pass through on their migration home to spawn. Marie Canyon day-use overlooks the Cowichan River as it surges through a spectacular sheer rock canyon. When you think of sunshine, clear water and the longest growing season in Canada, the Cowichan valley comes to mind. 2020-2021 sport fishing rules. Please use extreme caution around sweepers and strainers (partially and fully submerged trees). Visitors won’t want to miss the sights from the restored 66-Mile and Holt Creek Trestles on the Trans-Canada Trail, which offer spectacular river views and the opportunity to imagine back to a time when log-laden traincars would thunder along these tracks high above the Cowichan River. Spawning salmon are often easily seen during the fall spawning season at Marie Canyon. This spectacular park protects significant stretches of the Cowichan River, which is designated as both a BC Heritage River and a Canadian Heritage River, and is internationally renowned for its wild salmon and steelhead fishery.