Stoney Creek is situated on the south bank of the Nechako River just upstream of Riverside Park in the community of Vanderhoof. Stoney Creek was once a thriving rainbow trout and chinook salmon creek. At one time (account is from 30 years ago), juvenile Nechako white sturgeon were caught as bi-catch of the chinook fishery in the creek. Stoney Creek is also an important traditional area for Saik'uz First Nation.
UPSTREAM VIEW OF ONE OF THE SERIES OF FALLS ON STONEY CREEK. PHOTO BY MICHELLE ROBERGE.
Stoney Creek flows out of Nulki Lake, roughly 20 km south of Vanderhoof. The creek flows through the Saik'uz First Nation Reservation, north toward the Nechako River. There is a series of natural falls on Stoney Creek that cascade over the steep valley wall of the Nechako River valley. Below the falls, Stoney Creek flows through agricultural, forested and residental landscapes. The lower roughly 5km of Stoney Creeks flows within the municipal boundary of the District of Vanderhoof. The riparian zone is heavily altered along much of its length within the municipal boundary.
The Vanderhoof Community Trail loop follows the lowest section of Stoney Creek - named the Stoney Creek Nature Trail. There is a foot bridge over Stoney Creek. This location is a great place to see trout. There are interpretive signs along this section of the creek that speak to invasive species, cottonwood trees, floodplain habitat and fish habitat.
Total Area of Watershed: 26,220 ha
Percentage of the Nechako Watershed: 2.7%
Area in ALR: 29,966 ha
Area outside ALR: 5,868 ha
Total Stream Length: 52,360 m
Length of Stream in ALR: 36,311 m
Length of Stream outside ALR: 16,049 m
Number of Reaches: -
Fish Species Known: Chinook salmon parr, rainbow trout, coho salmon parr, mountain white fish
Fish Species Suspected: Nechako white sturgeon
Number of Stream Crossings: 49. To date 9 have been assessed and 6 are considered barriers to fish passage.
Number of Land Titles: -
Number of Projects Underway: -
Number of Projects Completed: 1
Number of Projects Planned: 6