From City of Fernie’s website:
July 18, 2017
The public is advised that there is currently a large log jam on the Elk River, making the river impassable in the section next to the Transfer Station.
This section is not safe to pass, and the public is advised to get off the river and walk the section around this hazard.
Please remember to exercise caution at all times when recreating on the river.
East Kootenays Under High Streamflow Advisory
JUN 2, 2017
The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the East Kootenay region.
A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
The City of Fernie has closed a section of trail in James White Park due to water in that area. The portion closed is from the ball fields to the railway crossing at Mt. Mclean St. and Cokato Rd.
In the event we experience significant rainfall over the coming days, a sandbagging station has been set up at the City of Fernie Public Works Yard, 1492 Railway Avenue.
All residents are asked to please respect signage and exercise caution around fast-moving water.
James White Park Trail Closure
JUN 1, 2017
A section of trail in James White Park is closed due to high water levels.
Signage is in place noting the trail closure from the ball diamonds to the railway crossing (at Mt. Maclean St. and Cokato).
Thank you for respecting the signage and not accessing the trail at this time.
“The Elk River Alliance is doing a photo contest with submissions from community members and tourists enjoying the Elk River. We are planning on doing a slide show and a selection of the winner at the Elk River Festival, “Our River Rocks!” on September 26th. The purpose of the contest is to share appreciation of the Elk River and raise awareness of what organizations and companies are doing to keep the Elk river beautiful and healthy.
Some good tips for floating the Elk River in Fernie, BC on elkriverallliance.ca.
Apparently those adorable rock walls built along the river are bad. Who knew?! I didn’t. There’s one along the river in James White Park, by the baseball fields and I guess the weirs make it harder for the fish to spawn.
It’s a lot like how they say feeding ducks bread is bad. I didn’t know! Although, I don’t think feeding any wild animals is good, including the ants in our backyard. If only my children understood about leaving food in random places.