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A few Skutz Falls photos

The Skutz Falls are located in the Cowichan River a few miles down from Lake Cowichan. The word Skutz is derived from a local language meaning waterfall. I cannot see anything like a waterfall here, it is more like a short stretch of rapids. At twenty feet it is a good drop though and way too much to climb for the local fish on their spawning journeys. In 1955 fish ladders were built next to the rapids to help fish get to where they needed to go. These fish ladders consist of  interconnected compartments that slow down the current and allow the fish to struggle their way through these ladders upstream and past the rapids. During the winter season the river is plagued by humongous log jams that may need cutting up. There is some evidence of this where part of a log pile shows in one of the photographs.

 

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9 responses to “A few Skutz Falls photos

  1. Lovely photos. I’ll have to google Lake/River Cowichan to find out where it is. Your photos are stunning.

    • Thank you Angeline for your compliment. Have you googled our whereabouts? We are on Southern Vancouver Island about 20 km east of Duncan, country scarred by logging and still a few beautiful spots left.

  2. Another one of my very favorite places. Great set, Joseph, and thanks for sharing some info I was not aware of before! Isn’t this a wonderful place to live?

  3. These are great. Make me feel as if I was there.

  4. Pingback: Cowichan River near the Duncan railroad bridge « Mrjom's Blog

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