Comox Lake – Low water

 

Comox Lake,Puntledge River recreation area,dam,BC Hydro

I took a trip out to visit the BC Hydro Comox Lake Dam while the level of Comox Lake was low due to maintenance on the Puntledge River Generating Station – this was a good opportunity to see parts of the lake, and the Puntledge River that are normally covered by water.

Comox Lake,Puntledge River recreation area,dam,BC Hydro

Comox Lake has a surface area of  2,100 ha, a maximum depth of 109 m and a mean depth of 61 m – normally the water level is between 136.146 m above sea level (asl), and 130.493 m asl.

Comox Lake,Puntledge River recreation area,dam,BC Hydro

The Comox Dam is a concrete gravity dam, 142 m long, 10.7 m high with a crest elevation of 137.55 m.

Comox Lake,Puntledge River recreation area,dam,BC Hydro

Downstream from the dam

 

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Comox Lake Dam at low water

Remember that this area is located at or near working dams and power stations that contain both natural and man-made hazards. Please play safe and read all posted signs and warnings.

  • Hydroelectric facilities can be dangerous. For your safety, obey all posted signs, and avoid the hazard areas above and below Comox Lake Dam, Puntledge Diversion Dam and the Puntledge Powerhouse.
  • Boaters in Comox Lake reservoir should be aware of shallow channels, exposed stumps and floating debris.
  • Water releases may occur suddenly without warning downstream of the Puntledge River Diversion Dam. This increases currents and creates hazards for recreational river users.
  • If you hear a siren that means the water level is rising fast. Keep out of the river channel area.

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