Beaver Damage Problems in 2011; Repairs Continue in 2012
French Creek Valley Wisconsin
Last Revised: April 19, 2020
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Beavers have invaded us again, only 100 feet from our best stand of young black walnut trees!
The current purpose of this page is to give you a little background to our beaver problem and to the methods we have used
to get rid of them when they do their thing. Beavers are just big swimming rats with flat tails.
Job 1: Protect our Black Walnut Trees from the Latest Beaver Attack!
Job 2: Put the soil back and build the creek banks back to better than their original height
Check out our youtube videos describing the restoration project in more detail:
2011 Beaver Pond, beginning to dismantle the dam and drain the pond
(or--- look at the short picture gallery toward the bottom of this page)
Advances in lowering the Beaver Pond level
Pond lowering and most of the beavers are gone
Removing 2nd section of Main Dam
Conclusion & Removing part of the secondary dam
Same as "Conclusion", above, but with super fast backhoe work!
October, 2012 Excavation to level the land and add a culvert across the creek
It's December, 2012. Some final excavation to complete creek bank build up
Our Beaver problems began in about 1980 and have continued on and off since then. There had never been beavers on
our place in anyone's memory, which goes back to the 1930's and before. That's because the fur trapping trade was still
in full bloom. In the 1980's someone threw red paint onto someone else's fur coat in Los Angeles, CA. if I remember
correctly, and that began the demise of the fur trade.
In just a few years, the population of many fur bearing animals multiplied many times in our neighborhood and so did the
problems with them. Beavers ate the forests and mink ate the chickens and the rabbits, for instance.
The first time we had beavers, we thought they were cute, but that view disappeared as soon as they started girdling trees
that they didn't use at all, for anything! Don't think of beavers as conservationists. They kill your woodlands in several
ways. First they kill trees by girdling and cutting them down. Then, when they dam up a stream, they kill many more trees
by drowning them.
Here's a short series of pictures to show progress from a full pond back to a small stream, with the dams
removed and the pond filled in. We even added a culvert to the creek so we can drive vehicles across it:
The damage- start pulling out the dam 1st day of draining
Can I keep up w/beavers?
Making some headway
They repaired it Again!
Just did some backhoe work
Now we're getting somewhere
Some channels the beavers made Finally dry in a few spots
Still digging out repairs daily
Ramp to reach more of the dam
Start corduroy road across wet area Good enough for the backhoe
Must widen this slit, too
The normal stream bed is open!
Need to open up secondary dam See how restricted my "Breach" is
Even Closer up. It's gotta go! Here comes the backhoe
Tidy up the rocky bottom
Done! The Walnut Trees are saved!
Flat Land, not water
Banks on either side of creek
To NW, Creek Flowing thru Culvert
Looking East Across New Culvert