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.