|Okanagan Nature Viewing Region|
|Okanagan River Channel (Oliver)|
|: photo by Bill Kinkaid||: photo by Bill Kinkaid|
|Paths running along the banks of the Okanagan River section through Oliver between Vaseux Lake and Osoyoos Lake.|
|Geographical Description||Southern Okanagan Basin|
|Area/ Trail Length||Up to 21 km total distance from Highway 97 crossing north of Oliver to the head of Osoyoos Lake|
|Seasons to Visit||Year-round; birding best spring to autumn|
|Habitat||Cottonwood, Douglas-fir, riparian|
|Viewing Highlights||Easily accessible, easy walking on dykes on both sides of the river channel .|
Birding along river and surrounding woods.
Scenic views of town, valley and mountains.
|Main Access||Main accesses near Oliver: |
Parking at Kinsmen playground on the south side of Fairview Road just west of the bridge over the river on, 0.2 km east from Highway 97 in central Oliver.
At the bridge on Highway 97, 6.2 km north of Oliver. Parking here is allowed only in the lot at Tuc-ul-Nuit Road, 0.25 km to the north. Also note that on the stretch between here and Fairview Road there is only a public path on the west side of the river. The path from here to Fairview Road is 5.6 km.
|Secondary Accesses||Several mostly rural road accesses. Parking may be limited. The southernmost road access is at Road 22, approximately 12 km south of Oliver or 8 km north of Osoyoos.|
|Cautions||Bears and cougars are rare but be watchful.|
The river channel is unsupervised and currents are fast. Swimming is not recommended.
Much of the surrounding area is private property; keep to the dyke path.
|Regulations||No camping or fires. Dogs on leash.|
|Facilities||Flush toilets at Kinsmen playground on Fairview Road. All services on Highway 97 in Oliver|
|Other Recreational Activities||Rafting, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, cycling|
|Publications||The Okanagan Valley Birding Trail, published by the four naturalist clubs of the Okaganan, with funding from BC Nature and other organisations. Available at information centres in Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos.|
|Links||South Okanagan Naturalists Club|
|Nature Trust of BC|
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