British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Okanagan Region (Grand Forks-Rock Creek Viewing Sites)
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Within the North Okanagan area of the Okanagan Region, the following 6 viewing sites are identified.

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   Boothman Oxbows

This site just east of Grand Forks contains a large wetland, an old oxbow of the Kettle River.

Viewing Highlights - A long list of bird species has been recorded here. The period from April to September is best for viewing. Watch for Bobolink, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Mourning Dove, Western Meadowlark, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Virginia Rail, Sora and Long-billed Curlew. There are many songbird, woodpecker and waterfowl species.

Directions - Located south of Highway 3 and east of Grand Forks. Travel on Highway 3 about 7.6 km east of the bridge over the Granby River. Turn onto a dirt road and continue another 1.6 km.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Southern Interior Sub-Office
#201 - 3547 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, B.C. Canada V2A 7K2
phone: (250) 490-8200
fax: (250) 492-1314

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   Christina Creek

Christina Creek runs from Christina Lake to the Kettle River.

Viewing Highlights - In May, Small Mouth Bass and Big Mouth Bass spawn in the creek.

Directions - Located between the south end of Christina Lake and the Kettle River, primarily south of the highway.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Southern Interior Sub-Office
#201 - 3547 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, B.C. Canada V2A 7K2
phone: (250) 490-8200
fax: (250) 492-1314

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   Granby River Valley

The Granby River Valley is located north of Grand Forks.

Viewing Highlights - From November to March and June to August, the valley is a good place to watch for Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer. Early morning and evenings are best for viewing.

Directions - There is good road access along both sides of the Granby River north of Grand Forks. Located along the Granby River from just north of Grand Forks for about 12 km north on both sides of the river.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Southern Interior Sub-Office
#201 - 3547 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, B.C. Canada V2A 7K2
phone: (250) 490-8200
fax: (250) 492-1314

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   Highway 3

The high fencing along the north side of Highway 3 makes this site easy to find. The California Bighorn Sheep were transplanted to this site.

Viewing Highlights - From November to March watch for California Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer.

Directions - Located mostly on the north side of Highway 3 between Grand Forks and Christina Lake.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Southern Interior Sub-Office
#201 - 3547 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, B.C. Canada V2A 7K2
phone: (250) 490-8200
fax: (250) 492-1314

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   Kettle River Recreation Area

Stands of Ponderosa pine interspersed with open areas of bunchgrass characterize this recreation area that lies astride the Kettle River between the Okanagan Plateau and the Monashee Mountains. The abandoned right-of-way of the historic Kettle Valley section of the Canadian Pacific Railway, completed in 1916 to link the Pacific coast with southern Alberta, passes through the site. On the east bank of the river is evidence of the once flourishing gold and silver mines.

Viewing Highlights - Watch for Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer from October to March. Coyotes reside year round.

Directions - Located 5 km north of Rock Creek on Highway 33.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Okanagan District
Box 399, Summerland, B.C. Canada V0H 1Z0
phone: (250) 494-6500
fax: (250) 494-9737
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   Ward's Lake

This small lake contains good wildlife habitat. However, in recent years the water leve has been a problem.

Viewing Highlights - A long list of birds has been recorded at the lake. Spring and Fall migrations offer good birding. When water levels are up, watch for yellowlegs and sandpipers. From April to September there are many songbirds, including bluebirds, blackbirds, kingbirds, flycatchers, sparrows and warblers. Watch for Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Common Yellowthroat and Californai Quail.

Directions - Located north of Grand Forks.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Southern Interior Sub-Office
#201 - 3547 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, B.C. Canada V2A 7K2
phone: (250) 490-8200
fax: (250) 492-1314