Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Dewdrop-Rosseau Creek Wildlife Management Area

About This Wildlife Management Area

Date Designated: June 11, 1987

Purpose: Management of sensitive grassland ecosystems to provide for uninterrupted habitat for associated species, including winter range for Mule Deer and California Bighorn Sheep.

Size: 5,747 hectares

Region: Thompson/Okanagan

Location and Maps

25 km WNW of Kamloops on the north shore of Kamloops Lake.

Nature and Culture


This WMA supports approximately 90 species of reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. A particularly important element of the WMA is the winter range for Mule Deer and California Bighorn Sheep. Other game species found in the area include Moose, Bobcat, Cougar and Coyote. The area also supports a variety of raptor species, either seasonally or year round depending on the availability of prey species. Rare Flammulated Owl and rattlesnakes utilize the WMA.

Physiography, Climate and Vegetation

Located in the very dry Thompson Basin, the topography of the Dewdrop-Rosseau WMA is generally rugged—a result of an active volcanic past followed by extensive modification by glaciation and erosion. Bedrock outcrops are common on the steep southerly slopes. Below these outcrops, colluvial materials dominate the landscape either as sparsely vegetated rubble or as grasslands lower down. Eolian deposits occur in some lower grassland areas. Historical fluvial deposits are found on bench formations, with active fluvial formations common at creek mouths. Higher elevations are dominated by open forest habitats. Rare Fameflower is found within the WMA.

Compatible Resource and Recreation Uses

Grazing and trapping are accommodated in the WMA. Hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, orienteering and hunting also take place.

Management Planning

Information on management direction is available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regional office.