Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The area is approximately 24 kilometres north on the Waxatike Road. As we drove south again, we investigated a small entrance road and walked in, looking for the place we had camped to explore the fresh burn back in 1977. We followed the track alongside a cattail-filled ditch up to an impressive, freshly maintained beaver dam. We were astonished to see the dam turn at right angles and continue in the direction of the track, snaking along the whole side of what opened out to be a sizeable lake. This Beaver dam is holding up a lake! Following the outside of the dam, the footing is good along the double ruts of an ATV track, and we marvel at the evenly spaced, parallel logs placed by the beavers against the steep slanting outer wall of the dam like a sloping pallisade.
At its highest at about mid lake, the dam is over two metres, and we saw where the Beavers had repaired three breaches into the dense forest of tangled, scrubby old willow bushes, in the gloom of which Marsh Marigold is just beginning to bloom.
In the distance, at the rounded end of the lake we spot a large Beaver lodge, but here, across from the mid-point is a narrow marshy spot, where we heard repeated squeaks and watched Beavers swimming. There appear to be holes in hummocks and under the roots of willows that may be the Beaver's summer quarters. There is much coming and going of Beavers, and I would like to stay until dark, to watch them working on the dam.
Later, Adam has found the lake on Google Earth, and made an approximate calculation of its size. The length of the dam is approximately 490 metres, and the area of what we call "Lake Beaver" is about 14,000 square metres.
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