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The Englishman River Water Allocation Area is located south-west of the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island. The Englishman River flows in an easterly direction from Mount Arrowsmith and discharges into the Strait of Georgia, north of Craig Bay. The watershed includes parts of the Cameron, Dunsmuir, and Nanoose Land Districts and has a drainage area of 324 km2 . The highest elevation is 1819 metres at Mount Arrowsmith.

The predominate soil types in the lower part of the Englishman River watershed are loamy sands and sandy clay loams. These lower lands are primarily used for rural and urban subdivision developments and agriculture. The upper part of the watershed is heavily forested with Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, and Red Cedar and used for logging by MacMillan Bloedel. Soils in the steep areas are prone to erosion with resulting stream sedimentation.

Most licensed water demand occurs in the lower part of the Englishman River and the its tributary of Morison Creek. Pollard Creek, Dayton Brook and Connell Creek are tributary to Swane Creek. Swane Creek and Digby Creek are tributary to Morison Creek. The watershed area of Morison creek is 48.60 km2 , or 15% of the total Englishman River watershed.

The largest tributary of the Englishman River is the South Englishman River. The watershed area of the South Englishman River is 77.83 km2 , or 24% of the total Englishman River watershed.

The largest lakes in the watershed area are: Arrowsmith, Hidden, Fishtail, Rowbotham, Healy, Shelton, and Rhododendron. The combined area of these lakes is 6.31 km2 .

Source GovBC Water Allocation Plan 1994 (PDF)

Watershed Data

fid
21
extrude
0
OBJECTID
92
WS_Area
314.033888254265
Rob_WS_ID
70
Area_km2
314.033888254
MIN_Elev
4
MAX_Elev
1785
MEDIAN_Elev
546
Mean_Lowland
10.4613444417
MEAN
33.332707047
North
115.334375
East
88.738125
South
47.408125
West
62.535625
Elev_0_300_m
79.928125
Elev_300_900_m
174.955
Elev_900_m
59.133125
Karst_Percent
0
Lake_Watershed_Percent
0
Karmutzen_softer_harder_bedrock
No value
Erodible_Harder_Bedrock
No value
Stream_Order
6
First_Second_B_Ratio
2.35943060498221
Mean_of_all_B_Ratio
2.34640536644236
Total_Length_of_Streams_KM
634.5471
Drainage_Density
2.02063256143477
Main_Channel_Mean_Slope
6.603661
Basin_Length_KM
24.733
Form_Factor
0.513385761861232
Shape__Area
735019711.90625
Shape__Length
162557.380258304
Karst_km3
No value
Lake_Watershed_Area
No value