The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is a lush wetland habitat located 11 km west of Creston. It stretches for 7,000 hectares (17,000 acres) from the southeast tip of Kootenay Lake to the U.S. border. An estimated 300 species of birds call this area home.
Easy, 24/7 access to kilometres of flat-top dyke trails offers amazing opportunities to view a large diversity of wildlife. Year round trail access allows visitors to access the area by hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Self-guided walking trails, covered multi level viewing towers and boardwalk trails provide the ideal means to explore the Area.
While the CVWMA is quite large, the area around the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre is the most popular and easily accessible to explore, just off of Highway 3 on West Creston Road. Within this area there are five loop trails of various lengths and two multi-level viewing towers for impressive view of the surrounding ponds and mountains.
Other areas of the wildlife management area include Summit Creek, just 3 km north of the Discovery Centre on highway, which provides further trails; and farther north, Duck Lake, known for great large mouth bass fishing as well as amazing bird viewing opportunities. During spring and fall migrations, thousands of waterfowl use the lake as a landing pad, stopping to rest and feed on their long journey.
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area 1760 W Creston Rd, Creston BC