About the Park
There are 2 km of walking trails at this park. A 0.5 km trail leads from the parking lot at the day-use area to the fish ladder. A lookout above the fish ladder has great views of the river and spawning salmon in the autumn. Signs at this point offer information about the fish spawning cycle. The trails continue through the forest. There is also a loop trail that overlooks the river.
The park's main attraction is the annual run of Pacific salmon gathering in the pool below Stamp Falls before climbing the fish ladders on their way to their spawning beds. This natural phenomenon occurs throughout the summer and fall with sockeye, Coho and Chinook all being seen. Black bears also come to the river to feed on these salmon so be cautious while in the area.
While fishing within the park boundaries is restricted to specific areas, this park is a popular base camp for anglers fishing other parts of the Stamp River, as well as visitors traveling to and from the Pacific Rim. Boundary markers are located on trees along the river. Changes to the regulations occur regularly along this river, so all anglers should check the current regulations prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
There is a day-use/picnic area, located past the campground alongside the river. There are 4 picnic tables and 2 pit toilets. A water tap is located near the entrance to the campground. This area is first-come first served.
There are 23 non-serviced sites at this campground. They are all set in a mature forest and many sites overlook the river. There are pit toilets located in this campground and a fresh water tap near the entrance. Some of the sites are reservable but there are sites saved for campers without a reservation.
Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings provided that a fire ban is not in effect. Firewood is available for purchase in the park. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please do not gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. It is illegal to burn wood or material from the forest because it is destructive and damages the protected ecosystems within the park.
Stamp River Provincial Park is located northwest of Port Alberni on central Vancouver Island. Follow Hwy #4 past Port Alberni and turn onto Beaver Creek Road. Follow signs to the park.
Sproat Lake Provincial Park is within a 20 minute drive from the park and is renowned for its warm lake waters and Mars Water Bombers. Cathedral Grove at Macmillan Provincial Park and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial park are about 50 minutes south of Stamp Falls on HWY#4.
For further information, visit www.bcparks.ca