One of my favorite spots in the Adirondacks is the West Canada Lake country. For years, one of the most beautiful places was the white, sandy beach on South Lake about 10 miles from the nearest road. But for some reason, the beavers didn’t seem to think the lake was deep enough. They decided to dam up the outlet.
Why on Earth would these ambitious little creatures want to make a lake that is nearly 2 miles long and a half-mile wide even bigger? Who knows? But they did. The rangers broke the dam many times, but the beavers just kept building it back. Finally, the beavers won. Today, that beautiful beach is under water.
I’ve taken many fish from beaver ponds and shot loads of ducks as well. As the Indians discovered, the beaver pond was a source of food and water.
It’s so much fun to sit along a beaver dam in the evening and see what’s happening out there in nature. The beavers swim by, heading off to work; deer come in to drink; ducks spread their wings as they reach land; and even brook trout rise for flies near the water’s edge.
Certainly without the beaver, this world would be a different place. Just like that pond is the center of the beaver’s world, it’s the same for many other animals as well.
The Otsego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Otschodela Council BSA and NYSDEC are co-sponsoring a free Ice Fishing Clinic from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 26 at at Henderson Scout Reservation on Crumhorn Lake.
This event is geared toward kids and anyone new to the sport. Species available include sunfish, pickerel, crappie and perch.
A warming area, food, bait and some tackle will be provided. Learn to use jig, tip ups and more. Some tackle will be available, but bring what you have. The DEC has designated this event as a free fishing day; no license is required.
For pre-registration or questions, call Bob Pierce at 607-432-1896.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at email@example.com.