Butcher Creek Natural Area - July 2021
Butcher Creek Natural Area - 71.6 km from Red Deer. To reach this area from Red Deer head south on Highway 2 until Bowden (Highway 587) head west until Range Road 35 then head north until the end of the road where you turn west onto a 'no exit' I personally parked in the ditch the entrance to the parking lot looked very rutted.
This natural area is spectacular. It is mostly dominated by spruce trees but there are no shortage of vegetation communities in this natural area with the wood lilies and prairie-fire being in full bloom it is a sight to behold. Numerous creeks flow through this property to the Red Deer River that is on the west edge of this 506 acre natural area.
This area is worth the explore having a large diversity of birds including this solitary sandpiper I quickly took a picture of. Ungulates frequent the area but are quick to leave once your presence is known.
From the parking lot there is a trail leading in that goes overtop of a small stream but it does eventually end. So if you want to go further it is a bit of bushwacking or following game trails. It can get a bit wet so keep that in mind when planning footwear.
Be cautious around open water and wildlife in the area. Travel in pairs or groups.
The partner that manages this area is Alberta Parks.
Happy exploring! I'm bias but this is one of my favourite natural areas so far.