Schrader Creek – Red Deer River Natural Area


Schrader Creek-Red Deer River Natural Area comprises both OC and PNT sites on the creek and the river, protecting river bottom and floodplain ecosystems. The NA lies in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion, 28 km west of Bowden.

Schrader Creek - Red Deer River Natural Areas; overview (SAPAA Google Map)
Schrader Creek – Red Deer River Natural Areas; overview (SAPAA Google Map)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Schrader Creek-Red Deer River Natural Area encompasses river bottom and gravel bars on the Red Deer River and also includes part of Schrader Creek. Old river channels are vegetated by silverberry, willow and alder. Vegetation on the mainland is white spruce-balsam poplar forest; the gravel bars support open balsam poplar/yellow dryad communities.

The original NA OC’d in 1971 was 0.86 ha in extent but was later expanded to 6.26 ha with the addition of another OC portion. The Protected Notation (PNT) areas which are part of this NA contribute another 46 ha for a total of 52 ha. Butcher Creek Natural Area is nearby and downstream from these sites.

The 740 km long Red Deer River, which flows into the South Saskatchewan River, was named for the numerous Elk noted by Hudson Bay employees. Elk reminded them of the red deer of their homeland [1]. The Cree place name is was-ka-sio meaning Elk River [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameSchrader Creek – Red Deer River
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)273
Site # (Parks Website)15.45
Total Area6.26 ha. (15.45 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Schrader Creek – Red Deer River
Site NameSchrader Creek – Red Deer River (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)273
Site # (Parks Website)113.76
Total Area46.04 ha. (113.76 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCNIV*6
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Schrader Creek – Red Deer River (PNT)

References

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 is: Government of Alberta – Information & Facilities – Schrader Creek – Red Deer River Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-18).

  1. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. 2006. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary, University of Calgary Press, p.271.
  2. Donovan, Larry. 2007. The Fascinating People and Stories Behind the Naming of Alberta. Canada: Dragon Hill Publ., p. 188.

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