News

March 30, 2015

DUCK LAKE CROSS DYKE NOW OPEN TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC

The gate at the southeast end of the cross dyke at Duck Lake was opened this morning to allow vehicle traffic on the dyke.  We have been keeping a close eye on the dyke conditions over the past weeks.  Wet weather conditions caused the dyke to remain soft and saturated and therefore not suitable for vehicle traffic.  We feel that it has now dried out enough to allow for vehicle traffic without causing unnecessary damage to the dyke itself.  We appreciate everyones patience while we waited for condidtions to improve. 

 

february 6, 2015

DUCK LAKE CROSS DYKE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC

The Duck Lake cross dyke off Channel Rd has been temporarily closed to vehicle traffic due to poor weather and dyke conditions.  With the large amounts of rain in the last few days as well as warmer temperatures and melting snow, the dyke has become extremley soft and muddy.  In order to limit damage to the dyke surface, the road will remain closed until conditions improve.  We hope to have the road open again as soon as weather and conditions permit.  Pedestrian traffic is welcome.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (250) 402 6900.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The picture above is of the cross dyke on the morning of February 6, 2015

 

November 7, 2014

DUCK LAKE - GATE INSTALLED FOR SEASONAL DYKE CLOSURES AS REQUIRED

For Immediate Release

Approximately 3 km of dyke along the south end of Duck Lake off Channel Rd within the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) was graveled and graded this past spring.   It took 2,800 cubic yards of gravel or 280 regular dump truck loads to repair the damaged section of this provincial flood protection dyke at a cost of $60,000.

To ensure the dyke remains in good condition for years to come, the CVWMA has installed a gate at the southeast corner of Duck Lake that it will be used for seasonal closures to vehicle traffic during periods of unfavourable weather and dyke conditions.   The most effective way of preventing damage to the dyke is to limit vehicle access when the dyke is saturated with water and during freeze and thaw periods.  Closures at these times will be temporary and also depend on the conditions of the dykes south and west of Duck Lake.  Closures will apply to vehicles only; pedestrians will be welcome to continue using the dyke.

Duck Lake is a unique and special place.  These are the only dykes within the CVWMA where vehicle access is allowed and it is frequented by a wide range of users for recreational opportunities such as hiking, bird watching, fishing and hunting, and wildlife viewing.  We ask that everyone respect the area by keeping dogs on a leash and packing out your garbage. We would like to remind people that ATVs, dirt bikes and snowmobiles are prohibited within the CVWMA boundary, unless a permit is issued.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at (250) 402 6900 or askus@crestonwildlife.ca.

 

September 9, 2014

INTERPRETATION CENTRE COMMITTEE (ICC) HOSTING PUBLIC MEETING SEPT 15

The ICC is hosting a public meeting to discuss options for the future operation of the Wildlife Interpretation Centre on Monday, September 15th at the Creston and District Community Complex. 

For more information, please click here.


September 3, 2014

DUCK LAKE PUMP BEING REMOVED FOR REPAIRS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a pump from the north end of Duck Lake.  It is one of two we have for water control at Duck Lake.  The picture shows the pump being removed by crane because it needs to be rebuilt.  This pump can move 30,000 US gallons per minute!


AUGUST 20, 2014

WILDLIFE INTERPRETATION CENTRE FALL HOURS AND TOURS

The Centre will be on its fall hours starting August 30th.  Fall hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm.  The Centre closes for the season on October 11th.  The Centre will be offering walking tours for groups that you must pre-register for as well as school programs.  For more information, please contact the Centre at (250) 402 6908 or education@crestonwildlife.ca.  Canoe Tours are done for the season on August 30th.

 

June 13, 2014

INTERPRETATION CENTRE COMMITTEE HOLDING PUBLIC MEETING JUNE 23, 2014

Click here for details.


June 9, 2014

DUCK LAKE CROSS ROAD RESURFACING AND GRADING PROJECT STILL ONGOING

The Duck Lake cross road off Channel Rd is still being gravelled and graded.  Steady progress is being made and hopefully within the next few weeks the project will be complete.  It is an extrememly large job with hundreds of trucks full of gravel needed...and the speed at which this project is going is based on the abilities of the company contracted to do the work.  The road remains open while the work is going on.  If you have any questions, please fell free to contact us at (250) 402 6900.

HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE STARTING TO RECEED

We saw water levels climb steadily higher in the last few weeks in the Corn Creek units (around Wildlife Centre) as the Kootenay River level rose and water backed up into the wetland from the surrounding creeks.  Some of the trails north of the Wildlfie Centre (Elk Amble) were under water and there were a few wet spots along the Marsh Trail Loop.  Nothing like the water levels seen in 2012 where most trails in the Corn Creek unit were under many feet of water!  Water levels are now receding and the majority of trails are open (Beaver Boulevard currently remains closed).  For a trail map of the area, please click here.

 

May 7, 2014

DUCK LAKE CROSS ROAD RESURFACING AND GRADING BEGINS TODAY

The Duck Lake cross road off Channel road is currently being graded and gravelled.  Work will occure during week days.  The road will remain open while the work is being down, but please exercise caution while using the area as they will be large trucks and equipment on the road.  Also, as the gravel is laid it is not compact, so areas will be soft to drive on.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (250) 402 6900.  Hopefully work will be completed by the end of next week.

 

May 5, 2014

UPDATE TO DUCK LAKE CROSS ROAD RESURFACING PROJECT

Work was scheduled to begin today to gravel and grade the Duck Lake Cross Road off Channel Rd.  With the wet weather conditions in the last few days, the dyke is extremely soft and the large equipment cannot get in to do the work until it drys out a bit.

In the meantime, the Duck Lake Cross Rd will remain open to vehicle traffic until the work can be down.  We do realize that people want access to the area but please use caution when driving as the dyke is soft and muddy.

We hope to commence work as soon as the weather allows.  We will update our website as information becomes available.  Thank you to everyone for their patience and cooperation.  Please call us at (250) 402 6900 of you have any questions.

 

April 29, 2014

DUCK LAKE CROSS ROAD OFF CHANNEL ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE

Duck Lake Cross Road off Channel Road is currently closed to vehicle traffic.  

 

This stretch of dyke has been prepped for gravelling so we would like to restrict vehicle traffic so that is does not degrade further until such time as the gravel trucks and graders are available.  Provincial road restrictions, lifted in late April, were hindering any work that could be done.  Now, we are in the process of procuring the funds and hiring the contractors to do the work.  We hope to get the road gravelled, graded and open to the public as soon as we can.  Pedestrian and bicycle traffic are welcome on the dyke. 

 

If you have any questions, please call us at (250) 402 6900.

 

April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA BASIN TRUST SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE OPERATION OF INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop and deliver an action plan for the future operations of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) Interpretive Centre while concurrently developing and delivering an extensive stakeholder engagement process to inform the plan and ensure public stakeholder views and ideas are accounted for.

Title:              Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Action Plan and Stakeholder Engagement

Control #:      RFP2014-14

Issue Date:    Friday, April 4, 2014

CBT Contact: Charlene Desrochers, Assistant Special Initiatives

Email:            cdesrochers@cbt.org

The RFP can be found on BC Bids by clicking HERE.

 

April 7, 2014

BOAT PERMIT RENEWALS

Boat Permits must be renewed annually for any boat stored on the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area at the designated storage area in Sirdar.

Boat permits for 2013/2014 expired on March 31, 2014. Renewal reminder letters were sent to 2013/2014 boat permit holders in March 2014. Any boat currently being stored at the designated storage area not displaying a valid 2014/2015 permit decal by April 30, 2014 will be removed from that location.

Permits may be purchased on out website by CLICKING HERE. or at the Administration Office at 1874 Wildlife Road in West Creston. A decal will be issued that you must affix to your boat.

Permit Cost: $25 (including GST)

Valid: until March 31, 2015

 

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

INTERPRETIVE CENTRE COMMITTEE STRUCK

The Creston Valley Wildlife Interpretive Centre (the Centre), operated under the umbrella of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA), is beginning a process to examine options for its future operations.  In support of this process, the CVWMA Interpretive Centre Committee (CVWMA ICC – the Committee) has been formed. The goal of the Committee is to develop a range of options for consideration regarding the future of the Centre, its physical infrastructure and associated programs. READ MORE... 


February 18, 2014

REMINDER TO CVWMA USERS

We would like to remind users that the CVWMA is managed for conservation and natural species diversity. With this in mind, users must leash up and clean up after their pets while in the Area. Cooperation will help avoid the adverse interactions that can impact humans and wildlife. Thank you!

 

January 22, 2014

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS

The exemplary ice conditions on Duck Lake have offered excellent recreational opportunities for fishing and skating. The CVWMA would like to remind the public that motorized (snowmobile and ATV) use is NOT PERMITTED on Duck Lake.

In addition Duck Lake, though frozen now, will soon be experiencing spring melt. Please respect the area and take out what you take in.


July 22, 2013

SPRING/SUMMER 2013 WETLANDER READY TO VIEW! 

Check out the following link to access the Spring/Summer 2013 Wetlander Publication. The CVWMA's very own newsletter on what is happening around here! Spring/Summer 2013 Wetlander

 

APRIL 26, 2013

PROPOSED ENHANCED ACCESS TO SIRDAR POINT

On March 27th, 2013, two members of the Creston Valley Rod & Gun Club met with representatives from Ducks Unlimited Canada and the CVWMA to explore the idea of improving anglers’ access to Duck Lake via the Sirdar access (directly across from the Sirdar Pub). The objective of the proposal is to build a single lane vehicle access road from the existing parking lot down to the water’s edge to allow anglers easier boat access. People would have the ability to drive their vehicles down, unload their boats, but be required to park in the designated parking area. This new road would also provide safer foot access for ice-fishing enthusiasts but be closed to vehicles in the winter months. .

The proposed access road, to be gravelled, would be approximately 230 meters in length and 4-5 meters wide. To ensure minimum impact to sensitive species, an environmental assessment is being conducted at the site. The road location was selected to minimize the grade and amount of vegetation disturbance during construction. The proposed completion date is October 2013. Currently “permitted” boat storage is allowed at the Point. Users not wanting to store their boats at that location need to unload their vessels at the parking lot and drag them down a fairly steep hill.

 

january 14, 2013

NOTICE TO DUCK LAKE USERS

We would like to notify people using Duck Lake for recreation, especially anglers, that water levels in Duck Lake will be lower than normal, at least until the end of March 2013. This measure is necessary to allow the replacement of the two 60-year old sluice gates at the north end of Duck Lake. We apologize for any inconveniences. Please, do not hesitate to call if you have any questions: (250) 402-6907.

Thank you. Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority.

 

DECEMBER 19, 2012

ATV WILL BE USED TO CONDUCT MANAGEMENT WORK OVER WINTER MONTHS

We would like to notify CVWMA users that CVWMA Staff will be using an All-terrain vehicle (ATV) to conduct management work in the Corn Creek and Leach Lake Units, this winter and in the spring of 2013. Following dyke repairs conducted in the fall of 2012 in those two wetland units, conditions have been too soft to safely travel with our regular vehicles.

Our blue Honda Foreman 400 ATV will be clearly identified with CVWMA logos and decals.  The CVWMA remains closed, except for designated areas, to all other non-authorized motorized vehicles such as ATVs and snowmobiles.

For inquires, please call our office at (250) 402-6900.

Thank you!

 

September 29, 2012

INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES UPDATE

Water control infrastructure upgrades are in full swing at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.  

Ducks Unlimited Canada is investing in upgrading and fixing several water control structures and repairing some of the dykes. The work will continue into October. 

Areas with construction taking place include the Corn Creek Marsh located near the Wildlife Interpretation Centre and the Leach Lake unit located north of the Centre and accessed through the Summit Creek Recreation Area.

Most dykes will remain open to the public for the duration of the work, but there will be temporary closures to allow the work to be conducted safely.  Large machinery and truck traffic will be on the dykes near the construction zones in Corn Creek and Leach Lake.  Areas of closure will be of short durations and marked with signage.  Pedestrian access will be limited in these areas, so please obey the signs and do not venture into the construction zones.

We appreciate your patience during this upgrade process.  This work is necessary to ensure the long-term management of this important wetland.

 

September 13, 2012

DUC UPGRADING WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES THIS FALL

 

We are pleased to inform you that Ducks Unlimited Canada will be undertaking construction work at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area this fall. The work will consist of upgrading and fixing several of the water control structures and repairing some of the dykes. The work will begin mid-September and continue into October. The work will primarily take place in Corn Creek Marsh and the Leach Lake unit.

 

In order to conduct the work effectively, water levels in many of the ponds had to be brought down significantly. Water levels will remain low throughout the duration of the work period, but should back to normal levels for the spring of 2013.  The dykes will remain open to the public for the duration of the work, but there will be temporary closures to allow the work to be conducted safely. All work sites require hi-vis vests, hard hats and safety boots so please respect these sites for your own safety.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience the work may cause, but these upgrades are critical to maintaining the quality and productiveness of the CVWMA wetland.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 250 402 6900 or by email.

 

 

AUGUST 15, 2012

UPDATE ON CLOSURES

The blocks on the dyke at the southeast end of Duck Lake have been removed and it is now open to vehicle traffic.  The dyke has dried out enough to make it feasible to handle traffic.  We thank everyone for their patience.

 

AUGUST 7, 2012

UPDATE ON CLOSURES

Leach Lake/Summit Creek area is now open. 

Trails around the Wildlife Interpretation Centre are now dry.

Access along the dyke at the south end of Duck Lake is still closed.  The dyke is extremely saturated from the high water levels and remains soft with puddles of water on the surface.  We have to wait for the dyke to dry out more before it can be opened to vehicle traffic or there will be major damage done to the dyke from the vehicles.  We appreciate your understanding and are sorry for the inconvenience.

CONTOUR MAP OF DUCK LAKE NOW AVAILABLE!

A bathymetric survey of Duck Lake was completed in 2012 to map the underwater contours of the lake.  Please feel free to download the Duck Lake Contour Map.

 

JUNE 28, 2012

SEVERE FLOODING CAUSES CLOSURES OF AREAS AT THE CVWMA

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is experiencing some severe flooding.  Areas affected include Duck Lake, Leach Lake/Summit Creek and some areas around the Wildlife Centre.

Access along the dyke at the south end of Duck Lake is closed due to high water levels (water is inches from dyke top at points and with any wave action, the dykes are receiving water).  Pumps at the north end of Duck Lake have been pumping for to get water from the lake into the river constantly now for two months but the amount of water coming in is too great and the pumping has not stopped water from getting extremely close to the dyke top. 

The Summit Creek/Leach Lake area has also been closed to the public due to flood hazard.  A gate has been put up just before (west) of the Summit Creek bridge to warn people of closure and that it is not safe to be in the area (See attached photo).  At the Leach Lake unit, the Kootenay River is 2.5 meters higher than the water levels at the north end of Leach Lake.  This difference puts unnecessary pressure on the dykes, so we need to equalize this and add water to Leach Lake so that the dyke integrity is not compromised.  This was initiated on June 27, 2012.  As a result of adding water to this unit, the internal flood dykes will be under water so it is not safe for the public to be venturing into the area.  

Some of the trails around the Centre are flooded but the Wildlife Centre remains open to answer questions and offer canoe tours as well as have the gallery available for people to explore.


June 14, 2012

The Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Ducks Unlimited Canada have announced a new partnership to manage the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.

View press release...

 

June 8, 2012

Thanks to the Federation of BC Naturalists for their letter in support of not increasing vehicle access on the dykes at the CVWMA.

View letter from Federation of BC Naturalists

More info on dykes and vehicle access...