In This Conservancy

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Visitor Information

Please note:
Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available.
This area is not suitable for dogs or other pets.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Ksi Xts’at’kw/Stagoo Conservancy

About This Conservancy

Ksi Xts'at'kw/Stagoo Conservancy Ksi Xts’at’kw/Stagoo Conservancy is located on the north and east side of Observatory Inlet. The conservancy protects low elevation productive forests with estuaries and riparian habitats.

The Conservancy was established to protect and sustain the Nisga’a, and Metlakatla First Nation Metlakatla and other First Nations’ social, ceremonial and cultural values and uses, to maintain the integrity of the terrestrial ecosystems, to provide opportunities for people to enjoy recreation in a wilderness environment, and to provide local communities with opportunities for compatible and sustainable economic development.

Stagoo Bay offers a safe anchorage, but recreational use levels in Ksi Xts’at’kw/Stagoo Conservancy are low due to its remote location.

Conservancy Size: 11,647 ha

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Ksi Xts’at’kw/Stagoo Conservancy is located 35 km northeast of Gingolx, 40 km west of New Aiyansh and 115 km northeast of Prince Rupert. Access to the conservancy is primarily by boat with a good anchorage in Stagoo Inlet. Floatplane access to the shoreline is possible, and helicopter access is possible at suitable landing locations such as wetlands and along the shoreline.

Reference: Marine Charts #3933

Maps and Brochures

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

Nature and Culture

  • History: Ksi Xts’at’kw/Stagoo Conservancy was identified for conservancy status during negotiations between the provincial government and First Nations governments following the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). This conservancy was designated in Spring 2006.
  • Cultural Heritage: The surrounding area, including the conservancy, were formerly used for traditional activities such as trapping, fishing, hunting, food gathering, and food preservation.

    The Nisga’a Nation First Nation people have historically collected food and materials from Ksi Xts’at’kw/Stagoo. The Conservancy is also part of the traditional territory of the Metlakatla First Nation
  • Conservation: Ksi Xts’at’kw/Stagoo Conservancy helps protect the area’s biological diversity and natural environments by protecting terrestrial and marine coastal values ranging from sea level to alpine, including representative flora and fauna, and plant communities and animal species at risk.

    The conservancy protects temperate rainforests dominated by western hemlock and Sitka spruce, with some western redcedar and amabilis fir; mountain hemlock and yellow cedar common at higher elevations.

    The marine portion of the conservancy is in the North Coast Fjords Marine Ecosection, which consists of deep, narrow fiords cutting into the high relief of the Coast Ranges.
  • Wildlife: The conservancy contains fauna typical of the north coast, including grizzly bears, black bears, deer, mountain goat, wolves and moose. The conservancy also contains important marbled murrelet habitat and mountain goat winter range.

Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.

Activities Available at this Conservancy

Canoeing

Canoeing

Adventurous and experienced canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlets, bays, lagoons, lakes and shorelines in this conservancy. Kayak rentals are available in Prince Rupert.
Fishing

Fishing

Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Trail Information: There are no developed trails at this park.
Hunting

Hunting

This conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues like potential for problems with bears or wolves and the spread of diseases.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are opportunities for scuba diving in this marine 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

Grizzlies, black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer can be seen in the conservancy. Humpback whales, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises,Ppacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and harbour seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.

Facilities Available at this Conservancy

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.