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CODY CREEK AT OLD ALMONTE ROAD

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        Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 155 (March Road or Regional Road 49). Turn left or southwest onto March Road and follow it for 7.5 km to the Upper Dwyer Hill Road. Turn left or southeast on it and drive 4.3 km to the Old Almonte Road. Turn left or northeast onto it and drive 1.3 km to Cody Creek at Old Almonte Road.
        Mississippi River Valley Route Directions: From the Cody Creek at Peter Robinson Road, proceed 1.4 km southeast to March Road or Regional 49. Turn right or southwest onto it and go 1.3 km to the Upper Dwyer Hill Road. Turn left or southeast on it and 4.3 km to the Old Almonte Road. Turn left or northeast onto it and drive 1.3 km to Cody Creek at Old Almonte Road.
Map of the Cody Creek at Old Almonte Road area
Map of the Cody Creek at Old Almonte Road area
         Site Description and Birding Information: This area provides access to the northern section of the Manion Corners Wetlands. Cody Creek runs through this deadwood swamp. Old Almonte Road cuts through this swampland and itself provides excellent viewing. But there is also an old wood road extending northwest into the swamp from just southwest of Cody Creek. This road is often very wet, so rubber boots are a plus. Black Bears have been seen in this swamp. This "road" eventually goes through to Peter Robinson Road, reaching a low ridge in 0.5 km and following it for another 2.1 km before reaching another swampy section of 0.6 km. It is about 3.4 km total to the southeastern end of Peter Robinson Road and 4.3 km to March Road.
Panorama of Swamp on Old Almonte Road
Panorama of Swamp on Old Almonte Road

         This section of Cody Creek meanders through swamplands seemingly unfit for human settlement (hence no subdivisions). The creek crossing at Old Almonte Road provides views of the water, edges and swamplands. To the northeast of the creek, where the woodland begins, and for the next kilometre or so to Manion Corners, listen for owls in the cedar and tamarack.
Cody Creek at Old Almonte Road
Cody Creek at Old Almonte Road
Old Almonte Road just West of Manion Corners
Old Almonte Road just West of Manion Corners

        Mississippi River Valley Route Directions: From the Cody Creek at Old Almonte Road, proceed 1.4 km northeast on the Old Almonte Road to Manion Corners and Corkery Road. Turn right or southeast onto it and go 0.9 km to its end at our next site, the Trail SE of Corkery Road.
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Last update:  October 28, 2009