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Stamp River Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Rough Conditions on Barker Access Road
Please be advised that park access via Barker Road for the northern portion of Stamp River Provincial Park is a very rough road. BC Parks strongly suggests that visitors to the park only use high clearance vehicles and drive slowly if they choose to use this access road.
About This Park
Relax by the waterfall at this peaceful riverside park or explore the area by foot on hiking trails that weave their way through the lush forest, past waterfalls and river rapids. Named for the pioneer who built Port Alberni’s earliest sawmill, this park is an amalgamation of Stamp Falls and Money’s Pool provincial parks.
One of the park’s main attractions is the annual run of thousands of Pacific salmon circling in the pool below Stamp Falls before ascending the fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. Lookout points along the river offer excellent views of the salmon fighting their way up the falls and fish ladders. This natural phenomenon occurs every year, starting in late August with sockeye and continuing with coho and Chinook right into December.
The salmon are a draw for black bear as well, who head to the river for an easy meal. As always when in wilderness areas, safety precautions should be taken. While fishing within the park boundaries is not permitted, 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.
Established Date: December 20, 1940
Park Size: 327 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Sections of this river contain high waterfalls, strong currents, fast running water and slippery rocks. Do not swim, use floating devices or boat in this park above the waterfalls (a boat pull out is available approximately 500 m upstream of the falls adjacent to the campground).
- No swimming or boating in the park.
- Domestic animals must be on a leash at all times in the park.
- Domestic animals are not allowed on beach areas or in park buildings.
- Interpretive signage about the fish ladder, salmon runs and salmon species can be found on the trail leading to the fish ladder. There are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs offered at the park.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Stamp River Provincial Park was established when Stamp Falls and Stamp River Money’s Pool parks were amalgamated.
- Conservation/Wildlife: Beginning in August, thousands of sockeye, coho and chinook salmon circle in the pool below Stamp Falls before ascending the fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. Sockeye salmon begin running in August and the run continues with coho and Chinook right into December. The salmon are a draw for black bears that head to the river for an easy meal. When in wilderness areas, take safety precautions to avoid wildlife.
Activities Available at this Park
From the fish ladder, trails continue through the forest. There is also a loop trail that overlooks the river.
Riverbanks can be very slippery. Stay away from cliff and riverbank edges. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Annual Drinking Water System Report:
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $11.00 per party / night