Tag Archives: Puntledge River

Comox Lake Dam control gates

This has to be one of my favorite scenes at the BC Hydro impoundment dam on Comox Lake – lots of water, but not too much, and a healthy discharge for the salmon downstream and for the Puntledge Generating Station. … Continue reading

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Stotan Falls

The Duncan Bay Main logging road bridge over the Puntledge River – just upstream of Stotan falls. This is a popular Comox Valley swimming spot, but also one that became embroiled in controversy when 3L Developments, the owner of the … Continue reading

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Comox Lake – Over the dam

Clouds over the forebay area of BC Hydro’s Comox Lake impoundment dam

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Stotan Falls

A time reversal slow motion clip of Stotan Falls, Vancouver Island

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Comox Lake 131.996 m ASL

I’ve shot images of the changing water levels at Comox Lake over the years that I have lived here since moving from Ontario. Sometimes there is too much water and the Comox Lake Dam spillway is in operation, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Island signs – Comox Lake Dam

I’d like to think that people would understand that a dam is not a great place for swimming, but the signs at the Comox Lake dam indicate otherwise.

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Comox Lake Dam – the spillway

The Comox Lake impoundment dam spillway Water flows over the spillway when the level of Comox Lake reaches 135.33 meters above sea level. The Comox Lake dam is a 142 m-long concrete gravity structure with a crest elevation of 137.55 … Continue reading

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Upper Puntledge Hatchery

Upper Puntedge Hatchery The Upper Puntledge Hatchery (spawning channel) was constructed in 1965 by BC Hydro as compensation for the loss of summer Chinook and steelhead spawning habitat and juvenile turbine mortality following expansion of the hydro facilities on the … Continue reading

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Puntledge River diversion dam

The diversion dam on the Puntledge River Located downstream from the Comox Lake impoundment dam, the diversion dam diverts a portion of the water in the Puntledge River into into BC Hydro’s penstock system. Water in the penstock flows to … Continue reading

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Comox Lake Dam – 04 May 2015

The Comox Lake water level on 04 May 2015 The tree stumps along the forebay approach provide a handy indicator of how much the level of the lake fluctuates, and in this case, drops.

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