Allen Bill Pond

Lat: 50.901125   Long: -114.689772 Click to see map

There is only one picnic table left in Allen Bill. The rumour is that they aren't going to rebuild the dam that held the water to form the pond. The pond was artificial, just like the fish they stocked it with. Apparently the fish were sterile. Fisherman still try their luck, but the fish must be fewer and smarter.

As with many other areas of the river, there are large piles of gravel deposits and uprooted trees all over the former pond area. The gravel creates a few standing shallow pools. It is a pretty bleak landscape of bare rock. The pond is no more, it's a river now and most of the picnic tables are gone. I saw kayakers paddling downstream where the pond used to be.

A large area of the parking lot is closed and the trail under the bridge and over to the Fullerton Loop trail is closed. The toilet and parking area are intact, but who knows what the future holds for Allen Bill?

 

Before & After
Before & After
Allen Bill before and after the Flood of 2013. The photos on the left show the pond at its best. The dam built after the 2005 flood wasn't quite as high and there were piles of gravel creating shallow spots. That may have been part of the reason that they prohibitted skating on the pond after 2005. Certainly the pond in its heyday was a thrill both summer and winter. It will be missed.
  • Before & After
    Allen Bill before and after the Flood of 2013. The photos on the left show the pond at its best. The dam built after the 2005 flood wasn't quite as high and there were piles of gravel creating shallow spots. That may have been part of the reason that they prohibitted skating on the pond after 2005. Certainly the pond in its heyday was a thrill both summer and winter. It will be missed.
  • End of the Road
    The parking lot and toilet are mostly intact although the turnaround at the end was broken in half during the flood. The parking lot at the opposite end, the eastern end, is blocked off and needs a major cleanup. That area was also the begining of the trail under the bridge and on to the Fullerton Loop. That is also closed.
  • No Parking
    Many facilities are closed. This parking are in Allen Bill Pond, the River Cove Group Campground, Cobble flats and many more areas along the riverside are closed.
  • The last one
    This is the only table left in what is left of Allen Bill Pond. You can of course enjoy a picnic on the grass, but there isn't much to look at other than piles of gravel. The pond was stocked with fish and there are still fishermen about, but I assume most of the fish got washed downstream.
  • Watch your step
    There is a drop of 1 to 2 metres at the end of the paved paths where the shoreline was washed away. Officials say you have to be careful around the edges as the bank underneath the edge may be gone and there is often nothing to support the lip. I've noticed some cases where the land is soaked, making the edge soft and unsatable.
  • A pond no more
    This photo is a little hard to look at when I remember the people scattered along the shoreline of the tranquil pond with sun sparking on the water. Some say the pond may never be restored. This is the 3rd time the pond has been wrecked by a flood. After the last one in 2005, it took a couple of years before they gave in to public pressure and when they rebuilt the dam it wasn't the same as there were piles of gravel sticking out of the pond and the water was shallow. We thought that was the flood of the century and this one was five times bigger.
  • View from River Cove
    This is the view from what once was the approach to the River Cove Group Campground. As you can see from the bank on the left, a huge chunk of shoreline has been washed away - much of it likely deposited in the middle of what was Allen Bill Pond. While standing here I saw kayakers come floating down the river travelling through the area where the pond used to be.

 

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