|Vancouver Island Nature Viewing Region|
|Campbell River Area|
|Elk Falls Provincial Park: Quinsam River Trails|
|Quinsam River: photo by Krista Kaptein||Hooded Mergansers: photo by Krista Kaptein|
|Part of Elk Falls Provincial Park, the Quinsam Campground is located where Quinsam River flows into the Campbell River. Nature trails from the campground follow the Quinsam River and pass a beaver lodge & ponds; and connect with the Canyon View Trails. There is excellent year-round salmon fishing in the Quinsam River.|
|Geographical Description||1.5 km along the Quinsam River from the confluence with the Campbell River.|
|Area/ Trail Length||Quinsam River nature trails = 3.6 km round trip.|
|Seasons to Visit||Year round. Autumn is best for salmon viewing as well as birds & bears that feast on salmon.|
|Habitat||Douglas-fir forest; riparian, wetlands.|
|Viewing Highlights|| Large Sitka spruce, many wildlife trees on Quinsam Nature Trail.|
Forest birds including many woodpeckers; fish-eating birds including gulls, eagles, mergansers, kingfisher.
Mammals include deer, bears and cougars, as well as shrews, squirrels, voles, raccoons, mink, river otters, muskrat and beaver. A beaver dam and pond are located west of the campground. Roosevelt elk also use portions of the park for winter range.
Five species of salmon plus steelhead & trout.
|Main Access||For Quinsam Campground: From the intersection of the old Island Highway & the Inland Island Highway (#19) in Campbell River, follow Gold River Highway (#28) west for 1.6 km and turn left at the park entrance.|
|Cautions||Watch for traffic when crossing roads.|
Caution at eroding banks.
Black Bears may be seen along the river.
|Regulations||In Provincial Park: pets on leash, fires allowed in fire rings at campground, no gathering of firewood. No ATVs, no motorized vehicles on trails.|
|Facilities||Parking lots, signage, toilets, picnic tables, benches , bridges. Campground at Quinsam River.|
|Other Recreational Activities||Fishing, camping. Cycling on roads only.|
|Other Connections||To Canyon View Trails & Quinsam Salmon Hatchery from campground.|
|FMI||"Nature Campbell River" by Christine Scott, published 2001 is an interesting guidebook though not up-to-date.|
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