Cougar Creek Rec Site, Vancouver Island


Between Gold River and Tahsis on Vancouver Island is the Cougar Creek Recreation Site on Tlupana Inlet, a fabulous and well-maintained fishing campground offering campsites and a boat launch. Cougar Creek is a popular destination for anglers and those wanting to explore Nootka Sound.

More information on Gold River, British Columbia.

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  1. S Nazerali July 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    How do I book a campsite at Cougar Creek Recreation site or nearby? I am planning to go in the firat week of August 2015 but am worried that it will be full . I need flat land access to the boat launch because of mobility issues.

  2. Donald Lovegrove July 9, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Reservations aren’t accepted at Cougar Creek Campground. BC recreation sites are largely maintained by private companies on behalf of government, and this one is managed by GOLD RIVER RESOURCES LTD (as indicated on the page below), so you could do a Google search for them.

  3. Joyce Collins April 24, 2016 at 7:15 am - Reply

    We go every year Dick is the care taker and does a wonderful job. The campsites are kept very clean and same as the toilets if you need to use them.

  4. Brett May 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    How many campsites are there at Cougar Creek ?? I have a 16 ft Double Eagle and am wondering if that is a good enough boat for the surrounding area to fish Salmon with.

    thank you,


  5. gord bradley May 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Brett, It is big enough if you are planning to stay inshore in protected waters. If you want to go offshore, you had better have a lot of electronics and be brave and lucky. Fish August for best weather and good xalmon.

    • Brett May 24, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the reply Gordon. ..we’ll be there from July 16th til the August long weekend. I’ve been told guys fish out of 12 ft tinny and do just fine inshore so well be fine as we don’t plan on going off shore anyways….just have to remember what we all fished out of before the big trophy boats and such. Double Eagles were pretty much the ticket back then…lollol cheers

  6. Kim Urbaniak June 27, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Just wondering if there is water for dishes and whatnot in the campground!??

    Thanks Kim

  7. Donald Lovegrove June 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    No, there is no water at Cougar Creek Rec Site. Facilities indicated are a Boat Launch, boat docks, tables, and pit toilets.

  8. Larry July 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Kim, you can get fresh water out of the creek which is along one edge of the campground and has trail access. I used it for dishes and cleaning etc. I suugest bringing drinking water to be safe but the creek water is drinkable if you really need it. Flows year round and had some nice pools.

  9. Les September 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    What is the fee for camping?

    • Brett September 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      12 Bucks a night I believe

  10. Paul April 12, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Is there a way to get a hold of Dick the care taker, (Email Sat phone etc..) When does the camp site open for the season or is it open all year round?

  11. Shari May 19, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Hi there. My husband and I are planning on coming out this Wednesday the 24th to go kayaking or 5-7 days.

    How is the road for a car? If we are careful. Our other vehicle had a problem with a deer so we will need to bring the car instead.
    Thank you.

    • Brett May 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      You should have no problem with your car. I was there last year in July for 2 weeks and the road was in top form

  12. Brian Cooper July 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Who runs their fishing derby?

  13. Les Perry August 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    When does it start to slow down at the campsite? Is it after the long weekend in August.
    I am looking to camp for 7 to 10 days in August.

  14. Jenn August 10, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Hi I am hoping to come for the September, labour day long weekend with a group of 4. We will be arriving on the Saturday (1st), what are the chances of us getting a spot to camp? Thanks!

  15. Keith F December 30, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Thinking of coming there in July of 2019, we have a 28 foot 5th wheel. Would we fit somewhere in the campground

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