Exercise caution at all times due to a large amount of drifting debris continually emerging from the flooded lake bottom. In addition, strong winds frequently create high waves on the open water.
Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
Butler Ridge Provincial Park
- Please be advised – The location of the recent grizzly bear attack has now been confirmed to an area outside of Butler Ridge Provincial Park. The local access points have been signed to bring awareness to the public. Given time delay, the lack of any sign of a wounded bear, the distant human habitation/activity and recent weather, the decision has been made to discontinue any further search of the area. Public safety risk is minimal.
- Please be aware - access to the Williston Lake Reservoir can be impeded at times due to low water levels. Please use extreme caution when using the boat launch.
About This Park
Located on the north shore of Williston Lake’s Peach Reach, Butler
Ridge Provincial Park provides boat access to B.C.’s largest man-made lake and offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing and hiking. The hiking along Butler Ridge is spectacular.
The ridge itself extends 15 km south to north throughout the entire length of the park and is accessed via a trail on the park’s south
Park Size: 6024 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 63KB]
Nature and Culture
- History - Butler Ridge was named after General Sir W.F. Butler, a British Army officer recognized for his involvement in the Red River Rebellion. Working for the Canadian Government, he made a scouting trip west to the Rockies. The report he submitted back to the Government, contributed to the establishment of the Northwest Mounted Police in the area. He returned to the area again in 1873. His journey west took him by dogsled to what we now know as Fort St. John. He continued on to Hudson’s Hope by horseback and from there paddled the Peace River by canoe. Since that time the area has received many names such as the Butler Range, Butler Mountain, and eventually to what we know it as today, Butler Ridge. The park was established in 2000.
- Cultural Heritage - First Nations of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association have traditionally used he area.
- Conservation - Butler Ridge Provincial Park is located in the Peace Foothill ecosection just east of the Rocky Mountains. The area provides important winter range for caribou and stone sheep habitat in the higher elevations as well as moose and elk winter range in the lower elevations. A blue-listed species, the Arkansas rose, has been recorded in the park.
- Wildlife (specific to this park or area) - This area provides excellent fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. If you look closely, you may be able to spot stone sheep resting in the canyon, just to the right of the boat launch. Deer, elk, golden eagles and other wildlife are common to the area as well as numerous waterfowl and shorebirds.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.