The perimeter walking trail follows a large bend in the Red Deer River for about four kilometres. There are also walking trails to the south of the golf course. Cliff Swallows nest under the bridge by Discovery Canyon and Bank Swallows nest closer to the boat launch. The City of Red Deer empties its treated water back into the river at this point, so a large stretch stays open all winter. A large number of waterfowl overwinter here, making it a good spot to see Bald Eagles in the winter.
The Red Deer River Naturalists are not liable for any injury or damage whatsoever caused to yourself or others by using this guide.
- ~ Use discretion when venturing into natural habitat.
- ~ Do not trespass on private land.
- ~ Some sites allow livestock grazing.
- ~ Some sites allow hunting.
- ~ Some sites in western regions are in bear/cougar habitat. Take all necessary precautions.
More birds will be seen in the spring and summer seasons but all locations will have some winter birds. Typical and common species can be expected for each habitat described. Large deep lakes typically attract migrating waterfowl (ducks, swans, and geese).