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K'lgaan/Klekane Conservancy

About This Conservancy

K’lgaan/Klekane Conservancy is located on the east side of Princess Royal Channel, along the Inside Passage route. Klekane Conservancy shares its south and east boundaries with adjacent Q’altanaas/Aaltanhash Conservancy. This conservancy protects grizzly bears, salmon and marbled murrelets and low elevation Sitka spruce forests. It also provides a protected anchorage adjacent to the main Inside Passage route where visitors can spend a night to rest, fish or soak in a small hot springs.

Special Feature:
A bath house (8’ x 12’) with a concrete block pool (8 ’x 8’) is available so that park visitors may enjoy soaking in the warm and odorless hot springs water. The hot springs water comes out of a crevice in the granodiorite bedrock about 150 metres away from the bath house. It flows out at a rate of about 10.4 litres per minute. Water temperature at the source is about 53.2 degrees Celsius and about 41.3 degrees Celsius in the bath house. The hot springs water is not suitable for drinking. The hot springs bath house is located at the northeastern end of the estuary; about a 5 minute walk in at high tide and about 20 metres from a small stream. The UTM coordinates are: Zone 09U; 5899700 m North; 0521289 m East.

Conservancy Size:  18,272 ha

Special Notes:

  • There are no roads or trails in this conservancy.
  • The water in the hot springs is not suitable for drinking.
  • This conservancy is closed to Grizzly Bear hunting.
  • Be bear aware while on shore in this conservancy.
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Location and Maps

Lakelse Douglas Channel Area map

K’lgaan/Klekane Conservancy is only accessible by boat or floatplane and is located about 45 km southeast of Hartley Bay, 65 km north of Klemtu and 90 km south of Kitimat. It is located along the east side of Princess Royal Channel (Inside Passage route), by Work Island.

  • Reference: Marine Chart #3739 (Swanson Bay to Work Island).
  • Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Maps #103 H/2 (Butedale) and #103 H/7 (Ursula Channel).

Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada   V8C 2G7
http://www.tourismkitimat.ca/
e-mail: info@tourismkitimat.ca
ph: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Klekane Conservancy map

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Nature and Culture

History:
K’lgaan/Klekane Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on July 28, 2006 following recommendations from the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. The hot springs building and pool were built prior to 2005 by unknown volunteers.

There is an old diesel donkey engine on a wooden barge/skid on the shoreline about 400 metres north of Maskill Point. The UTM coordinates are: Zone 09U; 5893110 m North; 0522842 m East.

Cultural Heritage:
The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Gitga’at and Kitasoo First Nations. Use the below link for more information or to contact these First Nations. The conservancy contains two known archaeological sites (culturally modified trees) and has historically been used for traditional food gathering, fishing and trapping by local First Nations.

Conservation:
The conservancy protects an area of popular recreational use by boaters, the Klekane River watershed, all of Work Island and several small remote streams, lakes and wetlands. The conservancy also protects old-growth forests of red cedar, hemlock and spruce as well as coastal wildlife habitat including important salmon spawning streams and habitat for Black Bears.

Wildlife:
Black Bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer can be seen in the conservancy. The best place to see wildlife is at the river mouths and estuaries of Scow Bay and north end of Klekane Inlet. Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Sea Lions and Harbour Seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information

  • Online Management planning information for this conservancy is not available at this time.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Adventurous and experienced kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlet, bays and shorelines in this conservancy.

Fishing

Fishing

There are opportunities to fish for trout and salmon in Klekane River. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
Hunting

Hunting

This Conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons but is closed to Grizzly Bear hunting. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving


It is possible to SCUBA dive or snorkel in the conservancy. The water clarity is best during winter and spring.
Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is possible in the ocean, but the water is cold all year round. There are no lifeguards on duty in the conservancy.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Black Bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer can be seen in the conservancy. The best place to see wildlife is at the river mouths and estuaries of Scow Bay and north end of Klekane Inlet. Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Sea Lions and Harbour Seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

Firewood is not provided. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to fully extinguish the fire when done. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of campfires and using camp stoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions.

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed. Reservations are not accepted at this conservancy and all sites and facilities are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

There are winter camping opportunities in this conservancy, as it can be accessed year round.