|Comox Valley Nature Viewing Guide|
|Puntledge Park, Rotary Riverside Trail and Masters Greenway|
|Puntledge Park: Krista Kaptein photo||Stream violets: Robert Bartsch photo|
Bill Heybroek drawing
|Puntledge Park is a great place to watch spawning salmon and observe their small white eggs in shallow river channels. The pink salmon run begins in late summer, followed by chinook in September, chum in October and coho towards the end of October. While the salmon are making their way upstream, Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures and gulls flock to the river to feast on the carcasses. The park contains a mixed second growth forest bordering Morrison Creek and the Puntledge River. A series of short trails lead visitors through the woods and along the river. At different times of the year plants such as wild ginger, trillium, pink fawn lily and bleeding hearts can be seen nestled beneath the trees. Belted Kingfisher and a variety of woodland birds frequent the area.|
|Geographical Description||Along Puntledge River from confluence with Morrison Creek to 1.5 km upstream.|
|Area/ Trail Length||Puntledge Park: 4.1 ha. wooded area; longest trail .4 km. |
.4 km along Robert Lang Dr. to Rod & Gun Rd. to reach Rotary Riverside Trail: .6 km along Puntledge River.
Masters Greenway: 7.5 ha. wooded area; longest trail .4 km.
Mostly flat , short hills, bridges, steps down to river.
|Habitat||Riparian 2nd growth forest.|
|Highlights||Best place for fish viewing in autumn, and birds feeding on salmon carcasses; abundant spring flowers; many wildlife trees.|
|Best Season||Spring for flowers; late summer & autumn for spawning salmon.|
|Main Access||Puntledge Park: 1111 First St. Courtenay. |
Rotary Riverside Trail: north end Rod & Gun Rd.
Masters Greenway: Powerhouse Rd.
|Secondary Accesses||Puntledge Park: east end of Robert Lang Dr. |
Rotary Riverside Trail: 2101 Robert Lang Dr.
Rotary Riverside Trail & Masters Greenway: north end Arden Rd.
Masters Greenway: east end Mellifera Pl.
|Cautions||Trails can be wet in winter & flood occasionally; trails may be unsafe during strong winds.|
|Jurisdiction||Puntledge Park & Rotary Riverside Trail: City of Courtenay Parks. |
Masters Greenway: CV Regional District Park (Area C)
|Birds||Bald Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Blue Heron, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Rufous Hummingbird, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, Spotted Towhee, American Dipper, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Northern Flicker, Pacific Wren, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Lesser Yellowlegs.|
|Fish||Spawning salmon: Pinks start first week Aug., peak first week Sept., end at end Sept.; Fall Chinook start first week Sept., peak mid Sept., end mid Oct.; Chum start mid Oct., peak end Oct., end mid Nov,; coho start first week Oct., peak mid Nov., end at end Dec.|
|Trees||Predominantly Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce & grand fir in the lower areas, Douglas-fir on the upper slopes; red alder & bigleaf maple; cascara, Pacific crabapple, vine maple, mountain ash, Pacific dogwood, bitter cherry.|
|Shrubs||Pacific ninebark, red-osier dogwood , snowberry, rose sp., salmonberry, oceanspray, red-flowering currant, tall Oregon grape.|
|Flowering Plants||Slender toothwort, trillium, palmate coltsfoot, pink fawn lily, white fawn lily, skunk cabbage, stream violet, purple violet, tiger lily, bleeding heart, western meadowrue, false lily-of-the-valley, curled dock, tall fringecup, false bugbane, cow parsnip, Hooker’s fairybells, Siberian miner’s lettuce, starflowered Solomon’s seal, vanilla leaf, herb-Robert.|
|Ferns, Lichens, Mosses||Sword fern, licorice fern, bracken fern, lady fern.|
Lungwort (Lobaria pulmonaria), antlered perfume (Evernia prunastri), Ragbag (Platismatia sp.) Ramelina sp., Parmelia sp.
|Other Species||Horsetail, scouring-rush.|
|Invasive/Non-native species||Invasive: daphne laurel, ivy, Himalayan blackberry, holly, periwinkle, trailing buttercup, yellow archangel.|
|Puntledge Park Plant List|
|Geology||Alluvial sand & gravel.|
|Regulations||Dogs on leash; no horses; no motorized vehicles.|
|Facilities||Parking area at 1111 First St.; roadside parking; occasional benches; children's playground; interpretive signs; indoor washrooms open July & Aug. only or by appointment.|
|Other Features||Bridges; City of Courtenay electrical station at Puntledge Park.|
|Other Connections||Puntledge Hatchery at north end of Powerhouse Rd.|
|History||You will be able to Click here for the Conservation History.|
|FMI||Morrison Creek Streamkeepers|
|Comox Valley Regional District Parks|
|City of Courtenay Parks|
|City of Courtenay Official Community Plan|
|Morrison and Arden Creeks Watershed Map|
|Fish Species in the Courtenay River Estuary and Baynes Sound 2001|
|© 2013 Comox Valley Naturalists Society|