This small creek does big things. Lower East Creek is a slow-moving, nutrient-rich stream that flows into Lake Champlain and serves as the lifeline for 800 acres of wetlands. The creek drains 21,000 acres of surrounding land. The East Creek marsh, located near the mouth of the stream, contains one of the largest stands of narrow-leaved cattail in the state, and it's a haven for nesting waterfowl like the American bittern and the common moorhen. At the confluence of the main creek and the north fork, there is a prime example of the floodplain forests that once dominated riparian areas in the Lake Champlain Valley.
What TNC is Doing
East Creek includes a large area of high quality marshland that serves as important habitat for waterfowl and many species of fish. TNC is working to protect multiple ecological targets at this site including the deepwater marsh and lakeside floodplain forest.