Creston Valley Wildlife Area Topo Map

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Like those in uncounted other river valleys, the vast wetlands of the Creston Valley were nearly lost to development and agriculture. A conservation project initiated by sportsmen made the difference, and led to creation of the 17,000-acre Creston Valley Wildlife Area in 1968. Dikes hold back water that attracts ducks and geese. Biologists have counted more than 260 species of birds, with the greatest concentrations in spring and fall. It is British Columbia’s most important inland stopover for migrating birds. Autumn visitors sometimes hear elk bugling from the tules, and see area creeks turned red with spawning kokanee salmon—which lend their name to the beer that is the pride of the nearby town of Creston. The trip described here takes boaters from the meandering Kootenay River Channel—a quiet slough that was once the main riverbed—to the Kootenay itself. Many variations are possible. Although the river can be paddled year-round, other waters in the refuge freeze in winter, and Summit Creek can be too low for paddling even when there is ample water elsewhere. currently offers topo maps from the entire United States. We plan to expand our topomap database in the future, however this map is not available at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

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Mar 2018