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Beatton River Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
May 14, 2017: High water levels
Please note, as of May 14, 2017, the water levels near Beatton River Park are high and visitation to the park is not recommended until water levels decrease.
October 22, 2015: Park access restrictions in place
Beatton River Provincial Park has access restrictions in place. The primary means of access to this park is by river boat. While there has been a history of road access being provided, this access is now being restricted by the private land owner due to excessive disturbance and site degradation of the private land and private road access leading from the end of Baldonnel Road to the park.
Park visitors are recommended to contact the local landowners to gain permission prior to accessing the private land and prior to utilizing the private road which has historically led to the park. There is currently no other legal easement or right-of-way developed as public road access to this park.
About This Park
Beatton River Provincial Park protects rich riparian habitat at the confluence of the Beatton and Peace Rivers. Visitors to the area can best access the park by boat.
Enjoy a picnic, watch wildlife or relax on the river’s edge and appreciate the surrounding scenic views.
Established Date: June 29, 2000
Park Size: 186 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) are prohibited in this park. ORVs include ATVs, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles and side-by-sides.
- This is a user-maintained site. Please work with BC Parks to help manage this important riparian ecosystem by practicing leave-no trace principles and reporting any park violations or ecological damage to BC Parks in Fort St John at 250-787-3411.
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Nature and Culture
- History: Historic site of Fort D’Epinette. The North West Company established the fort in 1806. The fort was originally called the Fort of St. John and was changed to Fort D'Epinette when the Hudson’s Bay Company amalgamated with the North West Company in 1821.
- Conservation: Old growth cottonwood with mixed stands of spruce and aspen dominate the area. Lush riparian shrub growth lines the edge of the waterways.
- Wildlife: Moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer and black bear frequent the area. Waterfowl including ducks and Canada geese are also common. Keep a sharp eye out for bald eagles, as they nest in several locations within the Peace Canyon. Numerous fish species reside in both the Beatton and Peace Rivers. A list of species includes: Arctic grayling; brook stickleback; burbot; flathead; chub; goldeye; lake chub; largescale sucker; longnose dace; longnose sucker; mountain whitefish; northern pike; northern redbelly dace; prickly sculpin; redside shiner; slimy sculpin; spoonhead sculpin; spottail shiner; stickleback (general); troutperch; walleye; white sucker.