River is the finest trout stream on Vancouver Island, if not the
most productive in all of British Columbia.
River, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island
The Cowichan River
is a moderately sized river flowing east from Cowichan Lake through the City of Duncan to Cowichan
Bay on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
The fishable length of the Cowichan River is 30km, with frequent access
via various roads suitable for cars (notably Riverbottom Road, along
the north bank west of Duncan).
Angling is for
both resident and anadromous stocks, and while overall pressure
is moderate, it can be intense during the winter steelhead fishery.
The fishery for resident rainbow trout covers the whole of the Cowichan
River, while wild and hatchery brown trout provide great fishing,
mainly upstream of Skutz Falls. There is a 'Flyfishing Only' section
near the top end of the river.
have increased in recent years, with the Cowichan River seeing sea-run
brown and cutthroat trout, and fall runs of chinook, coho and chum
salmon - mostly chum.
There is also
an excellent trail system that commences (both upstream and downstream)
from the old campsite (closed indefinitely) at Skutz Falls in Cowichan River Provincial Park. There are numerous launching sites
for drifting, but caution should be exercised, as some sections
are not passable.
Use the services of a guide and watch the high water, as the Cowichan River has a great flow rate. Potential problems arise with diminished
water clarity after rains.
Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Glenora
Nearest Lakes: Cowichan Lake, Mayo Lake
Nearest Park: Cowichan River Provincial
Additional Info: Numerous camping facilities are available
along the Cowichan River and in Cowichan River Provincial Park.