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The moderately sized Puntledge River flows northeast from Comox Lake and merges with the Tsolum River to become the Courtenay River, which winds through the town of Courtenay and empties into Comox Harbour on the east coast of central Vancouver Island.

The fishable length of the Puntledge River is 10km, excluding tributary streams. Access to the lower 4km of the river is from various roads in and around Courtenay - a two-wheel-drive car is adequate. However, there is only limited road and trail access to the upper 6km of the Puntledge River.

In addition to fall salmon runs and both summer and winter run steelhead, the Puntledge River supports a fishery for resident rainbow trout. Sea-run cutthroats are also present, and attempts are being made to increase the stock through hatchery releases.

Fishing pressure is light, but the fish numbers are relatively low. Anglers have to compete against the seals for a share of the fish stocks nearer the river mouth.

Nearest Towns: Cumberland, Courtenay, Comox, and Comox Valley

Nearest Lake: Willemar Lake

Nearest Park: Strathcona Provincial Park

Additional Info: Camping is available in the Courtenay and Comox area.

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