Here we go off-trail to follow this stream, a tributary of Swift Creek called Shawondasee Creek (Shawondasee was a god of the American Indians). As we bush-whack downstream southward, water from another brook joins the creek, keeping the water flowing through all months of the year. After a few minutes of tromping through this area of deciduous forest, we begin to see the water of the creek widening into pools. The pools are backed up behind dams of sticks, built by beavers that have found this area to be suitable habitat. Continuing along the creek, we find a series of these dams and the tell-tale chewed tree trunks and saplings. Four such pools are pictured below.
Eventually we come to the park boundary with YMCA Camp Thunderbird. The creek feeds into the camp’s Lake George, a reservoir which is also beaver habitat. The camp staff find that they and the beavers can coexist peacefully, and they have designated the landscape of beaver dams as Beavertown.