The Many Resurgences of Foch? Creek

On a hot 30+ day we paddled across Upper Kananaskis Lake to look for the resurgence of Foch Creek on the west shore.

But first a word about Foch Creek. For anyone who doesn’t know, Foch Creek is the official name of the creek that falls into Hidden Lake and then goes underground. In the cirque below Aster Lake it’s a piddly little thing  and  why it  and not Aster Creek which obviously carries 95% of the water  should be so honoured by the Geographic Board  is unfathomable to me. It’s the same situation in the Sheep: what is obviously the main source of the Sheep River suddenly turns into Rae Creek. Probably you know of other instances of sloppy field research. So should we start calling Foch Creek Aster Creek?  I’m all for it.

Back to the paddle. Went into the inlet at the west end of the word “underground” on the topo map. A lot of big rocks, but no sign of a resurgence. If anything comes out here it must be  under the lake somewhere. When I walk the trail to Hidden Lake it seems more like an overflow channel anyway.

So we moved  south and at 289084 hit the jackpot. Not one resurgence but many. Two creeks emerge out of the bushes below Upper K Lake trail. The southerly one had a pool close to the shore fed by underground springs. But astonishing to us was the resurgence ON TOP of a mound (which at high water may become an island or even disappear entirely). On top is a pool, the water bubbling up at such a rate, it cascades down two opposite sides of the mound into the lake. Stumps of big trees all around it give you some idea of what this spring used to look like pre reservoir days. It is both shocking and sad that this unique feature was not deemed worth saving.

You can visit the resurgences from Upper K Lake trail. Near 289084 the trail comes very close to the west shore and you can easily hop down a few rocks. This occurs just before the trail climbs to the unofficial Aster Lake trail junction with hiking sign and just a few metres before the “new” trail to Hidden Lake takes off. See my next entry for a review of this “new” trail. Is it worth taking?

Looking toward the resurgence near the top of the mound.

Looking toward the resurgence near the top of the mound.

A closer view of the pool. The water also runs out toward the lake.

A closer view of the pool. The water also runs out toward the lake.

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