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Babine River Corridor Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- This area is regularly used by Grizzly Bears
BC Parks does not manage this site in a manner that guarantees public safety. We would like visitors to be aware that the chance of a dangerous bear encounter here is very high. Serious injury or death from a mauling in a possibility. We require visitors to follow park rules and become familiar with the bear safety information provided: Detailed information about bear safety [PDF 1.53MB]. Doing so may reduce your risk of a bear encounter. Park Rangers are not always on site to monitor visitor and bear behaviour or to protect visitors from dangerous situations.
Please strictly adhere to all Park Rules as noted below.
Activity along the river is permitted only during the following times:
August 1 to 15 07:00 to 20:30 August 16 to 31 07:30 to 20:00 September 1 to 15 08:00 to 19:00 September 16 to 30 08:30 to 18:30
- When cleaning fish, be sure to dispose of all fish entrails in deep fast flowing water.
- Secure fish in your vehicle away from the river.
- Please store all food and packs in your vehicle.
- To ensure visitor safety please leave the river to a place of safety when a bear is on the river. You may return to angling when the bear is gone.
- All pets must be on a leash. Keep children and pets close at hand.
People not following these rules will be evicted from the park. Thank you for your cooperation.
- Activity along the river is permitted only during the following times:
About This Park
Established Date: June 29, 1999
Park Size: 15,359 hectares
Along with protecting significant wildlife habitat, Babine River Corridor Park provides outstanding wilderness river recreation opportunities. World-class angling opportunities for steelhead and sockeye salmon attract local and international visitors alike.
Know Before You Go
- Active logging roads surround the park. Exercise extreme caution on the roads and narrow bridges when driving and as a pedestrian.
- Large numbers of grizzly and black bears frequent the area and use the trails in the park; please take precautions to avoid a bear encounter.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Activities Available at this Park
The Babine River provides internationally significant rafting and kayaking opportunities with 30 km of Class III and IV rapids. The challenges of this white-water should not be underestimated.
Guided trips are available through local rafting companies or individuals may plan private trips. Please note that there are no permits required for private rafting or kayaking trips on the river.
The only restriction is that only one commercial trip can launch per day. Private groups may wish to avoid launching on these dates.
Babine River Corridor Park Best Management Practices for Float Trips
It is encouraged that all float trip parties adhere to the following Babine River Corridor Park Best Management Practices:
Leave No TraceAll float trips are requested to pack out what you pack in.
Float trips are encouraged to use some form of portable toilet bucket to remove all human wastes from the park. Intensive use of confined campsites creates unsanitary conditions for park visitors.
Bear/People Conflict PreventionBear proof containers must be used for the transportation and storage of all food and garbage.
Report all aggressive or unusual bear behaviour and close bear-human interactions (i.e. a bear in camp, bluff charge, etc.) to the Babine Area Supervisor, 250-847-7565, immediately following trip completion.
FiresAll float trips are requested to use a fire pan for fires. The creation of rock fire rings and the burning of wood on shore is strongly discouraged.
All surplus or charred firewood/residual ash will either be carried out of the park or deposited in the river. No firewood shall be left on shore.
- Any viewing of wildlife shall be carried out in a discreet manner and from a distance that will not disturb the animal(s) being viewed.
- The Wildlife Guidelines will be adhered to when carrying out activities, except where an alternative strategy has been proposed. The guidelines are currently located on the Ministry of Environment website at the following location: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/twg/
- Bear viewing at Grizzly Drop will be limited to 30 minutes above the rapid and 10 minutes below the rapid.
- Always be on the alert of a potential wrapper rock at the bottom of every drop - it is a good rule for the Babine River in general. Immediately past Gail Creek, you begin the class 4 section that takes you down to the Skeena River with 10 serious class 4 rapids and dozens of 3+ boulder drops. Please do not attempt to do this section of river in the absence of an experienced trip leader.
- Support boats are recommended when white water boating.
- Trip leaders should preferably have previous experience on this river.
- Kayakers should possess the skills to roll their boats in order to challenge this river.
Fishing EtiquetteThe fishing experience at the Babine River is world class. BC Parks encourages behaviour that will make this experience enjoyable for everyone:
- Give people space. When someone has a fish on, please reel in and give them room to land their fish. When arriving to fish beside someone, give them room to make safe casts.
- Avoid monopolizing good pools for long periods. Give others a chance to get in and try out a productive pool.
- Be courteous of others on shore. Be cautious of people behind you when making your back cast.
- Observe your quota. Please consult fishing regulations and DFO. The daily quota for sockeye salmon are posted by DFO.
The park is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulation Synopsis for more information.
Please note: there is a No Shooting Area in the Babine River Corridor Park south entrance please review Map F4 of the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.
Facilities Available at this Park
All float trips are requested to use a fire pan for fires. The creation of rock fire rings and the burning of wood on shore is strongly discouraged.