Conestee in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Beaver at Lake Conestee
Beaver (Castor canadensis) inhabited the Conestee area long before the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century. Their numerous dams throughout the Park have inundated much of the former lake bed, creating wetlands which provide habitat for wildlife and filtration to purify the waters of the streams and creeks flowing into the Park. Animals dependent on these wetlands include muskrats, river otters, turtles, frogs, water snakes, fish, dukes, geese, herons, and other birds.
A careful observer can also see other signs of beaver activity near the trails along the wetlands, such as stumps of beaver gnaw marks. the "skeletons" of dead trees in the wetlands indicate that the beaver dams have flooded former bottomland forests, drowning the tree roots and killing the trees.
Beavers live in mud and branch lodges located in or at the edge of their ponds. Lodge entrances are generally under water to provide protection from predators. Some beaver dams in the Park are hundreds of feet long and raise the pond level behind the dam as much as 3 feet. Like the lodges, the dams are constructed of sticks and small trees harvested by the beavers and bound solidly together with mud.
Beaver can grow to a length of approximately 4 feet, including their broad flat tails, and can weigh more than 50 lbs. Mating for
Erected 2006 by Lake Conestee Nature Park.
Location. 34° 46.583′ N, 82° 21.283′ W. Marker is in Conestee, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Fork Shoals Road. Click for map. Marker is located in Lake Conestee Nature Park, on the Main Observation Deck. Marker is in this post office area: Conestee SC 29636, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Conestee in Transition (here, next to this marker); Reedy River Factory (approx. 0.7 miles away); McBee Chapel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson (approx. 2.1 miles away); Laurel Creek Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mauldin United Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); The History of the Gosnell Cabin (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mauldin (approx. 2.8 miles away); Herbert C. Granger Interchange (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Conestee.
Also see . . .
1. Lake Conestee Nature Park. Lake Conestee Nature Park consists of approximately 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat on the Reedy River just 6 miles south of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Conestee Foundation. The Conestee Foundation, a 501(c)(3) conservation organization, was established in 2000 to spearhead the revitalization of the Reedy River properties and surrounding community directly downstream of the City of Greenville. (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Animals • Natural Resources •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,138 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 3. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.