British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Cariboo Region (Williams Lake - 100 Mile House Viewing Sites)
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Within the Williams Lake - 100 Mile House area of the Cariboo Region, the following 19 viewing sites are identified.

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   Big Bar Lake Provincial Park

The park’s setting is typical of the southern Cariboo. Set against a mountainous backdrop, the lake is surrounded by lodgepole pine and spruce. Visitors of Big Bar Lake Provincial Park often see wildlife on the 4 km hiking trail surrounding the scenic wetlands.

Viewing Highlights - Look for Red Squirrels and Yellow-bellied Marmots from May through early September. Moose winter in this area.

Directions - The park is located approximately 42 km northwest of Clinton. It is easily accessible via Highway 97 to approximately 8 km north of Clinton, and then via gravel road for a distance of about 34 km.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Cariboo District
281 - 1st Avenue North, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 1Y7
phone: (250) 398-4414
fax: (250) 398-4686
e-mail

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   Bridge Lake Outlet

The outlet of Bridge Lake is situated between Bridge Lake and Lesser Fish Lake.

Viewing Highlights - Kokanee Spawn at the outlet of the lake from September through mid October.

Directions - Located about 40 km southeast of 100 Mile House.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Bull Mountain

This site is situated in the Cariboo Educational Woodlot.

Viewing Highlights - Moose and Mule Deer reside in this area year round.

Directions - Located just south of McLeese Lake.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Canim Lake

The wetalnds around the lake and the surrounding habitats attract wildlife.

Viewing Highlights - From May to September watch for Bobolink, American Bittern, Marsh Wren, swallows and songbirds. Bald Eagles may be observed year round.

Directions - Located about 35 km northeast of 100 Mile House.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Cariboo Nature Provincial Park

This is an undeveloped, natural area that protects Woodfrog Lake as well as a short section of the San Jose River. Situated just north of Lac La Hache, Cariboo Nature Park forms part of the Cariboo Basin.

Viewing Highlights - May to mid September brings typical wetland birds. Look for Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, American Wogeon, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Marsh Wren and Red-winged Blackbird.

Directions - Cariboo Nature Provincial Park is just off Highway 97 approximately 40 km north of 100 Mile House or 15 km north of downtown Lac La Hache.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Cariboo District
281 - 1st Avenue North, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 1Y7
phone: (250) 398-4414
fax: (250) 398-4686
e-mail

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   Exeter Lake Wetland

The wetlands around Exeter Lake are home to many breeding birds.

Viewing Highlights - Watch for Trumpeter Swans during the spring and fall migrations. From late April through early September a variety of waterfowl use the lake, including Red-necked Grebe, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck and Barrow's Goldeneye. Other birds observed at the lake are Killdeer, Sora, Black Tern, Marsh Wren, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Sandhill Crane.

Look for American Beaver and Muskrat from May through September. Columbian Ground Squirrel colonies are active from May through August.

Directions - From 100 Mile House travel west on Exeter Station Road for about 2.5 km.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Horsefly Bay

Horsefly Bay is situated in the southwestern portion of Quesnel Lake.

Viewing Highlights - The bay is used by waterfowl as a migration staging area. From mid April to mid May and September to October look for grebe, teal, shoveler, wigeon, scoter and goldeneye. During the May to early September period watch for Bald Eagle, Norhern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher and shorebirds.

Red Squirrel and American Beaver are visible from May to September. Moose winter in the area from November through March.

Directions - Located about 10 km north of Horsefly.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Horsefly Lake

The best viewing in the vicinity of Horsefly Lake occurs in the area between Horsefly Lake and Quesnel Lake.

Viewing Highlights - Moose and Mule Deer reside in this area year round.

Directions - Located just northeast of Horsefly. There is backroad access to this area.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Horsefly River Spawning Channel

The spawning channel is situated along a stretch of the Little Horsefly River near Horsefly.

Viewing Highlights - Kokanee spawn from September through mid October. There is good viewing from the bridge over the river at Horsefly.

Directions - Located in the community of Horsefly.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Moose Valley Provincial Park

Moose Valley Provincial Park comprises 2,322 hectares of rolling landscape scattered with lakes and wetlands. The park is a wonderful place to spend leisure time canoeing, bird-watching, and wildlife viewing.

Viewing Highlights - Moose winter in this area from December through March.

Directions - The park is located approximately 31 km west of 100 Mile House, and can be accessed by driving west on the Exeter Station Road. This road leaves Hwy 97 just north of downtown 100 Mile House, and should be followed to the junction with the 1100 Road. Continue west on the 1100 Road, following blue and white Park signs to the 1117 marker. Here, turn right onto the one-lane road and continue in a northwest direction to the main access point of the canoe route at Marks Lake (approximately 9 km). This road is best suited to four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Cariboo District
281 - 1st Avenue North, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 1Y7
phone: (250) 398-4414
fax: (250) 398-4686
e-mail

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   Quesnel River Hatchery

This facility is open to the public year round.

Viewing Highlights - Chinook Salmon spawn from late August to early September.

Directions - Located about 1 km west of Likely.

For more information contact -

Quesnel River Enhancement Society
c/o 180 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 3P6
phone:
fax:

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   San Jose River

This highway corridor should be driven with care in twilight hours and at night to avoid colliding with wildlife on the road.

Viewing Highlights - Bald Eagles reside in this area year round. Mule Deer are best observed in April and May.

Directions - Located along Highway 97 and the San Jose River from the end of Lac la Hache to just south of 150 Mile House.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Scout Island Nature Park

This is an excellent site to visit at any time of the year. Trails provide access throughout the park. There is a small nature house and interpretive programs.

Viewing Highlights - A long list of bird species has been recorded in the park. Yrea round look for Osprey, Bald Eagle, woodpeckers, Common Raven and Black-capped Chickadee. Many species of waterfowl nest here, including Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck and Hooded Merganser. Other birds include Yellow-headed Blackbird, Marsh Wren, Brewer's Blackbird,Common Loon, Common Nighthawk, swallows, flycatchers, Sora, Great Blue Heron, gulls, hummingbirds and many songbirds.

Throughout the year watch for Red Fox, Mink and River Otter. Watch for Red Squirrel, American Beaver and Muskrat from May through October. Western painted Turtles may be observed from late May to mid August. Long-nosed Sucker spawn in the shallow water areas in mid April.

Directions - Located at the northwestern end of Williams Lake in Williams Lake.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Sheridan Creek

Highway 97 crosses Sheridasn Creek at the north end of McLeese Lake. There is room to stop and observe the spawning fish.

Viewing Highlights - Kokanee spawn from September through early October.

Directions - Located at the northeast end of McLeese Lake.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Sheridan Lake Spawning Channel

There site is easily accessed from Highway 97 just south of 100 Mile House.

Viewing Highlights - Pink Salmon spawn in September and October. Rainbow Trout spawn in May and June.

Directions - Located on the northern end of Sheridan Lake along Highway 24 about half way between the communities of Lone Butte and Bridge Lake.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Upper Cariboo River Wildlife Management Area

The management area is situated along the Cariboo River beginning at the northern end of Cariboo Lake about 30 km northeast of Likely.

Viewing Highlights - Moose winter in this area from October to May.

Directions - Located off the north end of Cariboo Lake. There is backroad access to this area.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   Watch Creek

Watch Creek is a short stream that drains from Watch Lake into Green Lake.

Viewing Highlights - Rainbow Trout spawn from May through mid July.

Directions - Located near the north end of Green Lake.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   100 Mile Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

The marsh is easily accessible from the highway. A trail around the marsh, viewing structures and interpretive signs enhance your visit.

Viewing Highlights - Trumpeter Swans use the marsh during migrations. Look for them from late April to mid May and in October and November. A variety of birdlife use the marsh, including Pied-billed Grebe, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Northern Flicker, Barn Swallow, Common Yellowthroat and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

American Beaver are visble from late April through mid September.

Directions - Located in the communuty of 100 Mile House along Highway 97.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214

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   130 Mile Marsh

This marsh is located at 130 Mile Lake on the western side of Highway 97 about 21 km northwest of Lac la Hache. Several habitat enhancement projects have been completed at the marsh.

Viewing Highlights - Many waterfowl use the marsh from May through early September, including Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead. Also watch for Common Loon, Osprey, Sora, Common Snipe, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, Marsh Wren, Western Meadowlark and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Muskrats are visible from late April to mid September. From May to August look for Columbian Ground Squirrels and Yellow-bellied Marmots.

Directions - From Williams Lake travel south 40 km on Highway 97. The wetland can be seen west of the highway. Turn onto the access road to 130 Mile Ranch and follow the trail along the edge of the marsh.

For more information contact -

BC Environment, Cariboo Region
#400 - 640 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C. Canada V2G 4T1
phone: (250) 398-4530
fax: (250) 398-4214