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Cultus Lake: Ours to Protect
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Cultus Lake is a special place for many British Columbians. Generations of vacationers remember golden summers at its beaches and picnic spots.

Set in temperate rainforest, nestled between the mountains at its back and the great Fraser River floodplain, the lake’s ecosystem is a unique legacy of the last Ice Age. When the ice receded, flora and fauna returned and sometimes evolved in isolated pockets. At least two genetically unique populations live here and nowhere else: the Cultus pygmy sculpin and the Cultus sockeye salmon. The area is also home to other rare fauna, including the Pacific giant salamander, the coastal tailed frog and the red-legged frog. Other residents include coyote, cougar, black bear, blacktail deer, beaver and many species of birds.

First Nations tradition has it that Cultus Lake was a spiritually powerful place. It was so popular for spirit quests that eventually its special power was depleted, giving the lake its Chinook name, which can be interpreted as “useless”. Yet today we find that the lake still has the power to amaze and delight us. The more we learn about its ecosystems and its surprising wildlife, the better we can protect it into the future.
Living on Cultus Lake
Less lawn makes for a better lakeside: shoreside buffer strips; Let it percolate: impermeable surfaces and drainage; Managing home runoff; Controlling the slippery slope; Dock talk; Get to know your septic system; Beaches: natural is best.
Check our page to find out more about what you can do to care for Cultus Lake – At Home.

Invasive Species
Non-native aquatic species have devastated some of B.C.’s freshwater ecosystems through habitat degradation and competition, predation and interbreeding with native species. Boaters and anglers can help keep them out of Cultus Lake. Eurasian Watermilfoil spreads quickly, degrading fish habitat and impairing boating, swimming and fishing activities. This plant has been identified as a major threat to sockeye in Cultus Lake. CLASS is working hard with agencies such as Fraser Basin Council and DFO to research and develop effective methods to combat Eurasian Watermilfoil.

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