New Duck Lake access at Sirdar proposed to Creston wildlife area

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An illustration showing the proposed Duck Lake access.

On March 27, two members of the Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club met with representatives from Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area 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.

Currently, only 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; going down is one thing, but coming back up offers challenges.

This new road would also provide safer foot access for ice-fishing enthusiasts during the winter months. The lane would be closed to vehicles in the winter.

The proposed access road, to be gravel, would be approximately 230 meters in length and four to five metres 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.

For more information, contact the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area at office@crestonwildlife.ca.

—CRESTON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

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