Saving Beaver Lake in Stanley Park

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Over the last ten years or so, Beaver Lake in Stanley Park has been slowly disappearing. While it is home to plenty of wildlife, from ducks to an actual beaver who has been chipping down trees over the years, it’s becoming boggy and overgrown. Skunk cabbage and lily pads cover mud patches which, during the summer months, dry up and soak up what little water still flows through from the creek.

Autumn in the Park

I heard on Vancouver is Awesome‘s 100.5 The Peak segment this weekend that a campaign is underway to save Beaver Lake that would see an investment of $100,000 for dredging and restoration by the Vancouver Park Board. Without these efforts, the Stanley Park Ecology Society says the lake could dry up within the next decade or two.

Beaver Lake was a popular recreational spot 100 years ago and was dredged in 1929 to remove mud. The introduction of water lilies in 1937 and the construction of the Stanley Park Causeway, which cut off a water supply, began Beaver Lake’s slow decline. The onetime 6.7-hectare lake is now smaller than four hectares and no more than 1.2 metres deep at any point. The $100,000 is to pay a consultant to develop a strategy for Beaver Lake’s survival, which will likely involve more dredging. [Vancouver Sun]

The Vancouver Park Board will now look at proposals from consultants about how to go about doing the work on Beaver Lake.

Lost Lagoon Nature House

Lost Lagoon (named by E. Pauline Johnson) will also soon be in trouble. It never used to be land-locked and is slowly filling up with sediment and overgrowing with invasive species. Find out more about the Stanley Park Ecology Society at the Nature House at Lost Lagoon including their “Ivy Busters” volunteer programs in the summer.

Follow ParkBoard or StanleyPKEcoSoc on Twitter for updates.

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  1. TuijaMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 5:09pm PST

    Great Post! Thank you! Indeed both ponds need more water flow or, we’ll need to decide to let them disappear. The building of the causeway made both of these natural bodies of water “unnatural” and now we are just fighting a losing battle, really. Sad but true.

  2. RobynMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 5:42pm PST

    I have photos of the beaver. In fact, there is another beaver kicking around between the lagoon and beaver lake. The beaver in beaver lake is fairly busy throughout the year too. He loves dam up the outlet on the northwest side of the lake. lol

    It would be sad to see both of them disappear though. Lots of little critters rely on the two bodies of water.

  3. KelliMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 5:43pm PST

    I fully support dredging the lake!!

  4. TylerMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 5:43pm PST

    That last comment was actually me, not Robyn 😉 seems I forgot to change the user settings when posting while I am on her laptop! hehe

  5. raincoasterMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 6:17pm PST

    I can easily imagine the worldwide appeal of a “Save the Beaver” campaign.

  6. lizTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 4:26pm PST

    My mom said when she was a teen,they used to rent rowboats and row across the lagoon.If they brought something like this back into effect,it would be a moneymaking venture I’m sure.

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