Where: Park Place Lodge 742 Highway #3 Fernie, B.C.
When: October 27, 2015 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A general open house will run from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m., then a question and answer and open discussion session. Refreshments will be provided.
On September 3rd, 2015 the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations released the change to the Kootenay Angling Management Plan outlined in the Media Release below. The main change is the introduction of capping licenses for non-resident anglers on the Wigwam River, Skookumchuck Creek and Michel Creek in order to reduce fishing pressure. The Elk River is not included in this capping system. Non-resident anglers will have access to a limited number of non-guided licenses. Once these are sold, non-resident anglers will be required to fish with a licensed guide.
Jon Poirier schools some youngins
Tired of just telling tall tales about your fishing? Join the first-ever Elk River fly-fishing skills event! Enter to compete in one of 3 categories: Youth (18 and under), Adult/Masters (19+) and Professional (fishing guides). Registration form below.Read more
Check out our new video about Community Based Water Monitoring with beautiful shots of the Elk Valley!
Photo by Michael J Wilson
Nothing beats spending a hot afternoon floating the Elk River, but it is important to be aware of the hazards. Many stretches of the Elk have dangerous logjams and accidents occur each summer. Here are 5 tips to make you stay afloat and come home smiling.Read more
June 16 2015
A fisherman came into the office and reported a weir had been built across Coal Creek. This was blocking fish passage for spring spawning Westslope cutthroat trout up Coal Creek. It is a Federal offence in the Fisheries Act to prohibit fish passage and the ERA supports keeping the Elk River fishable for future generations. For fish to breed, they have to make it to their spawning grounds and larger fish need to make their way to the Elk River to live their life.
Although the Elk River Alliance (ERA) has been working on this initiative since the flood of 2013, we are excited to announce the beginning of the community outreach portion of the project. ERA outreach educators will be in the community this summer to collect your input and answer questions.
The Elk River Flood Solutions Strategy is a coordinated approach with the following goals:
- Improve community understanding of the Elk River’s hydrology.
- Document historic response to flooding.
- Examine flood mitigation practices that can enhance both natural watershed function and wildlife habitat.
- Model flood risk zones based on changing watershed conditions.
- Recommend long, medium and short-range solutions to flooding impacts in the Elk River.
They're alive and kicking! Native plants take root on Lizard Creek
In October 2014 volunteers completed Phase I of the restoration, planting native species along the bank. During our most recent board meeting in June we added some more fescues. Thanks again to all our volunteers. We will continue to monitor their growth with excitement!
The project is aimed at reducing future erosion and decrease sedimentation by exploring the use of innovative riparian restoration techniques (such as wattle fencing, live bank protection, riparian planting of seedlings and cutting, live palisades, modified brush layers and natural erosion cloth). Work was done at two restoration sites in Lizard Creek adjacent to the adjacent Mount Fernie Provincial Park Campground. The work will provide more stable banks and in-stream shade for fish habitat, as well as increased learning opportunities for visitors to the park.
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