Snorkel With The Salmon
In August, September and October the Salmon return to their mother stream to spawn. The Campbell River hosts a mix of Pink, Chum, Coho and Chinook Salmon. Fish begin entering the river in late July with different species taking turns going up stream. At times it is impossible to see the bottom because of the large number of fish.
A popular, fun filled activity during these months is to don a wet suit, mask, snorkel and fins and float down the Campbell River to watch the Salmon as they swim upstream.
Where to Snorkel:
The preferred entry point is at the Logging Bridge at Detweiler Road and Highway 28.There is easy access to the water from a sandy shoreline. Gear up on the beach above the bridge, adjust your equipment in the shallow water, then float through the center span of the bridge and you’re on your way.
As you approach the highway bridges, stay to the right. The left bank is very shallow. There are a few short stretches of water, studded with boulders over which the river rushes. Relax and enjoy the ride! In a wetsuit you will float high in the water and be carried over and around obstacles.
To exit. The best place is at the end of Maple Street (Behind the Quinsam Hotel). Take a look at this spot before you drive up to the entry point so you will recognize it from the water. A steep bank of tumbled rocks enters the water at the end of the street; just down the river from this point there is a path that is not quite so steep and makes a much easier spot to climb out of the water at. There is a back eddy at this location which makes it much easier to exit the water. There is plenty of room to park a vehicle here to take you back to the entry point because one river run is never enough!
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS A NATURAL ADVENTURE. THE ONLY GUARANTEE OF YOUR SAFETY IS TO USE YOUR OWN COMMON SENSE AND GOOD JUDGMENT!
**Fisheries officials have requested that you enter the water below the Quinsam River to avoid disturbing the spawning runs. Please do not swim near salmon spawning (digging) in the shallow water on the gravel beds.**
If you wish to do a guided snorkel or dive with the salmon or go on a photo safari with the salmon in other rivers, bodies of water see http://www.salmondiving.com/home.html
Helpful Tips: You will see more fish if you lay quietly in the water and let the current carry you along. Splashing and diving will scare the salmon and disturb the fly fishermen who are also using the river.