Otauwau Natural Area

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.

Otauwau Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Otauwau Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Otauwau, Saulteaux, and Hondo (top to bottom) Natural Areas.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Otauwau, Saulteaux, and Hondo (top to bottom) Natural Areas.

Map of the Area

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Other Information

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 [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameOtauwau
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)786/87
PASite ID (Map Ref #)478
Site # (Parks Website)498
Total Area248.09 ha. (613.04 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Otauwau Natural Area


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).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006, p. 240.

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