he Stamp River is a major fish travel corridor. More than 40 million salmon, lampreys, and other fish pass up or down the river every year. For the adults, the upstream migration ends at their spawning habitats in and around the upper Stamp River and Great Central Lake. Their offspring will later pass downstream on their way to the high seas of the North Pacific Ocean. As the adults pass through the constriction of Stamp River Falls, they are assisted by a fish ladder constructed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
From the Stamp River Campground, follow the riverside trail to various lookout points along Stamp River where you can see the salmon fighting their way up the falls and fish ladder. Sockeye Salmon run from late June to early September, Coho from August to December and Chinook from September to mid-November. Black Bears are attracted to the area during the salmon spawning season, requiring the normal safety precautions to be taken when visiting the wilderness areas of Vancouver Island.