This is one of three Natural Areas (Hondo and Saulteaux being the others) located close to each other (within 15 km) in the Lesser Slave River watershed, about 80 km northwest of the town of Athabasca. They are all used for research and study by the University of Alberta.
Map of the Area
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Hondo, Saulteaux and Otauwau NAs are in close proximity to each other, separated by about 5-10 km. The University of Alberta uses these sites as they represent a diversity of forest communities within easy access of Highway 2. The terrain is undulating to gently undulating with depressional areas. Vegetation includes lowland black spruce fens and upland mature white spruce forests. The area provides excellent habitat for wildlife.
Otauwau is likely Cree in origin but its original meaning has been lost. From 1879 to 1904, the locality was known by a variety of names until its official adoption as Otauwau .
|Site Type||Natural Area|
|Natural Region(s)||Central Mixedwood|
|O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)||786/87|
|PASite ID (Map Ref #)||478|
|Site # (Parks Website)||498|
|Total Area||248.09 ha. (613.04 ac.)|
|Recreation Activities||none noted|
|Operated By||Parks Division|
|Notes and Comments|
The following links are provided as a courtesy but are not verified or endorsed by SAPAA. Clicking on the link will cause you to leave the SAPAA website. Primary source of information are: Information & Facilities – Otauwau Natural Area | Alberta Parks. (All links accessed on 2023-01-08).
- Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 240.