Friday, January 15, 2016

Beaver River Trail Winter Walk

South Georgian Bay encompasses a vast system of wilderness trails, footpaths, and "rail to trails" that wind their way through diverse landscapes along the Niagara Escarpment, along Georgian Bay, through historic Collingwood and the beautiful Blue Mountains.  

The Beaver Trail:  This 10.7 km trail connects the Thornbury Harbour to Clendenan Dam, offers a number of scenic rest areas and vistas with benches, and meanders through Town parks such as Thornbury Riverwalk, Lion’s Park and Fireman’s Park in Clarksburg. Many interpretive signs provide historical and environmental facts along the way.

A major flood protection project is Clendenan Dam on the Beaver River, upstream of the village of Clarksburg. Constructed in 1975, the dam controls ice moving down the river, causing flooding in the village. In mid-September, four of the eight stop logs in each gate are removed to lower the water level. This maintains a pond behind the dam for the retention of sheet and frazil ice and also leaves an adequate opening in the event of freshet floods. Flooding in the village of Clarksburg has been significantly reduced since the installation of Clendenan Dam. 
An internal fish ladder was designed as part of the structure, allowing local fish species to navigate past the dam and migrate upstream for spawning.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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