Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Clayton Falls

Clayton Falls Creek runs into North Bentinck Arm on the south side of the Inlet about 2 km west of the Bella Coola Harbour.  You can easily get to it with any car or RV by driving straight ahead off the western terminus of Highway 20 onto the gravel North Bentinck Arm Forest Service Road.  A road shared with industrial logging traffic.  At the bottom of the hill is the Clayton Falls Recreation Site operated by BC Hydro.  Park in designated ample parking and follow the signs around the back of the generating station to the viewing site for the falls.

They are really spectacular.  Last week when I took this photo, the creek was fairly low so a lot of the beautiful hard granite formations worn by water were really showing well.  It's a neat place to watch fish on a good spawning year (not this year unfortunately), because you can see pink salmon make completely impossible attempts at 'leaping' the falls.

Please listen to the warning signs, DO NOT climb on the rocks or be tempted to swim, very sadly a number of people in the last 25 years have drowned at this site in spite of the detailed warnings.  Grizzly

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