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Salmon Jumping at Bailey’s Chute
August 10, 2017 @ 08:00 - September 5, 2017 @ 17:00
The salmon have arrived early this year it seems! We have had several reports of visitors seeing Chinook Salmon attempting to jump up the Bailey’s Chute whitewater rapid/waterfall. One couple said they saw 15 leaps during their stay of 30 minutes. The fish hurl themselves to often startling heights and distances while attempting to complete their migration to an appropriate place to lay their eggs.
The Bailey’s Chute trail-head is located 57km up the Clearwater Valley Road. 42km is paved road, and the remaining 15km is gravel road. A four wheel drive vehicle is not necessary to drive on this road, but it can be a slow drive. Estimated drive time from Clearwater is between 1 hour and 1.5 hours. The walk is only 10 minutes on a fairly easy trail, but it does have a short section that is somewhat steep.
This video from 2007 shows the Chute at its peak salmon jumping period “www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkbgORYJwIM”
Call or email the Information Centre for more information, or stop by for a map and up to date information.