|Thompson-Nicola Nature Viewing Region|
|Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area|
|Lac du Bois Dewdrop: photo by Richard Doucette||Lac du Bois Deep Lake: photo by Richard Doucette|
|Rises through three grassland communities above the hot, dry Thompson River valley to the forested hills above. An area of notable diversity containing a mixture of grassland and forest types, as well as complex geology resulting in landscapes of open grasslands, cliffs, canyons and basins with small lakes and ponds.|
|Geographical Description||Northwest of Kamloops.|
|Area/ Trail Length||15,712 hectares.|
|Habitat||Ponderosa Pine/ Bunchgrass/interior Douglas-fir.|
|Viewing Highlights||April to October – Waterfowl|
May to July – Flammulated Owl nesting in Douglas-fir forest above lake
April to July – Grassland birds: Brewer’s Sparrow; Clay-coloured Sparrow; Long-billed Curlew
March to May – Dancing grounds for Sharp-tailed Grouse
April to July – Mountain Bluebirds
|Other Features||Grassland vistas and spectacular cliffs and canyons. |
Species at risk include Sharp-tailed Grouse, Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl and Western Rattlesnake. Flammulated Owl is considered a provincially sensitive species.
|Main Access||Gravel roads northwest of Kamloops. North from Sixth Street and Halston Avenue, bear west on Batchelor Hills Drive which turns into Lac du Bois Road.|
|Secondary Accesses||West on Tranquille Road past Tranquille Wildlife Management Area .|
Several other remote backroad accesses on north side; see BC Parks website for map and enquire locally for conditions
|Cautions||Western rattlesnakes April-September .|
Ticks March-July .
Limited to no mobile phone service in this area.
Watch for logging trucks on backroads.
|Jurisdiction||Mostly Crown land; some parcels of private land. Nature Conservancy of Canada owns 948 ha.; this land is considered private.|
|Regulations||Permits and/or authorizations are required to carry out many activities.|
|Facilities||No viewing platforms but many excellent opportunities, including the ponds and wetlands of the grasslands for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife, and the Dewdrop cliffs for California bighorn sheep and Mule Deer.|
Camping at Watching Creek campground on Red Lake Road.
This is a remote area with no services; all services in Kamloops.
|Other Recreational Activities||Hiking, cycling, fishing.|
|Other Connections||Connected withTranquille and Dewdrop-Rousseau Wildlife Management Area.|
|Links||Kamloops Naturalist Club|
|Kamloops Thompson Trail Alliance|
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