The Comox Lake Watershed

Welcome to the Comox Lake Watershed

No matter where you live on Earth, you are in a watershed. A watershed is an area of land where all the snow or rain that falls eventually travels to the same place. In the Comox Lake watershed that place is Comox Lake.  Within the Comox Lake watershed are smaller sub basins named for the creeks and rivers that flow through them. This watershed is 461 square km in size and is the primary source of drinking water for residents of the Comox Valley. 

Water is Life

The Comox Lake Watershed is located in the unceded territory of the K'omoks First  Nation. This interconnected system of mountains, forests, rivers, creeks and wetlands links Vancouver Island mountains with the Salish Sea. This watershed sustains life in this territory and therefore its value is immeasurable. The Comox Lake watershed is also habitat for many species of animals, plants and trees that have been utilized by the Pentlatch and K'omoks people’s since time immemorial.

Human Impacts

For over 140 years, logging, mining, hydro generation and recreation activities have taken place in the Comox Lake watershed and these activities continue to impact the  health of the watershed. Much of the watershed is still privately owned for timber supply and the lake is managed as a reservoir by BC Hydro. Some areas have also been set aside for conservation. Visitors to the watershed have an important role to play in helping to reduce further impacts.

Current Day

Although coal mining operations ended in the 1930’s, much of the watershed is still privately owned and managed for timber supply. As well, the lake is a reservoir controlled by BC Hydro for power generation and fish flows in the Puntledge River. Swimming, boating, sporting events, training exercises, and camping also take place at limited sites along the eastern end of the lake.  All of these activities can impact the health of our watershed and the demand for access to Comox Lake is only increasing as the local population grows and visitation increases.

From Source to Tap

High quality drinking water is produced by healthy functioning ecosystems. To ensure the water reaching our taps is safe and reliable we need to protect the source. What people do on the land and in the water directly affects the health of the watershed and the quality and quantity of the freshwater within it. By acting  responsibly we can help protect the Comox lake watershed for future generations.

Protecting our Watershed

Please stay on marked trails and do not camp or light fires anywhere outside of official campgrounds. Be sure to use designated bathrooms and pick up dog waste to reduce pathogens entering our drinking water system. Avoid using skin products that wash off in the water, and never fuel up, empty or clean boats, bilges or recreation vehicles in or around Comox Lake.