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Monday, March 26, 2012
Koksilah River in Fall
The Koksilah River Provincial Park is located west of Shawnigan Lake on South Vancouver Island. Today's post is for ABC Wednesday and the letter now is at "K"...check out what the other bloggers will be doing there. Also we will try Nature Notes Wednesday, Our World Tuesday, and Outdoors Wednesday. I seem to be very captivated by memes this year.
The Koksilah River campsite is know for having very rustic and rugged hiking trails. It is an undeveloped park with lots of mossy trees and little overgrown trails. I like it in the fall when the large big leaf maples turn all the warm shades of yellow and orange.
The river has a large gated metal bridge that crosses over it and it is called Burnt Bridge. I think the original bridge was damaged in a forest fire and it has been rebuilt twice.
I have heard that the river has an annual bloom of rock snot (Didymo). This is a freshwater algae that smothers out other good algae I think. I have never seen rock snot but I will look for it and hope to get a picture of rock snot for you. I have had a lot of fun with the crayfish in the river and the little minnows as I can feed them bits of my beef sandwich. We go there for picnics and wade in the cool pools in the heat of the summer.
There are logging roads that go farther up the river and when I was there last I am sad to say there was active logging going on up there.