Cluxewe Wildlife Management Area


Date Designated: April 6, 2001

Purpose: Conservation of a unique isolated salt marsh and estuary habitats in close proximity, providing an important wetland complex for waterfowl.

Size: 137 hectares

Region: West Coast


Fish and Wildlife: Many songbird species reside in the WMA through the summer, while hundreds of waterfowl inhabit the area from fall through spring. The Cluxewe River provides excellent spawning and rearing habitats for six salmonid species. Shellfish, Herring and Groundfish inhabit the area. Typical of the rich diversity of east coast Vancouver Island estuaries, Black Bear, Black-tailed Deer, nesting songbirds and many seasonal waterfowl like Trumpeter Swan, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Surf Scoter and Harlequin Duck can be found.

Physiography, Climate and Vegetation: The WMA is comprised of a rare combination of river estuary and salt marsh in close proximity. It is located in the Hecate Depression within the Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone, which is one of the wettest in British Columbia. The salt marsh is protected behind a natural berm and a small channel allowing intertidal flow. Gleysolic, fluvial soils made up of silts and sandy loam overlaying gravel dominate the area.

Cultural Heritage: Traditional First Nations activities and uses of this area still occur.


Information on management direction and possible restrictions on visitor activities are available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development regional office.

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