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Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information 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 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

Butler Ridge Provincial Park
Located on the north shore of Williston Lake’s Peace 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
side.

Date Established: June 29, 2000

Park Size: 6,024 hectares
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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. Located 40 km west of Hudson’s Hope off Highway 29; gravel road access.

Maps and Brochures

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

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

Canoeing

Canoeing

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.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Williston Lake has numerous sport fish, such as rainbow trout and kokanee, for the avid angler. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

A hiking trail up to Butler Ridge can be accessed on the Dunlevy Forest Service Road east of Hudson’s Hope. The trail accesses Butler Ridge and provides visitors with amazing views of Williston Lake and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. 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.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is permitted.
Hunting

Hunting

The park is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting Regulation synopsis.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Keep pets on leash at all times in backcountry areas to avoid conflicts with wildlife.
Swimming

Swimming

Visitors can swim at their own risk in Williston Lake, there are no designated swimming areas. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities. Stone sheep, moose, elk, deer, black bear and grizzly bears frequent the park.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Winter recreation opportunities include snowmobiling and ski touring.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

Water levels change seasonally and BC Hydro may alter water levels in Williston Lake without notice, making the boat ramp unusable. Contact BC Hydro to confirm water levels.
Campfires

Campfires

Keep backcountry fires small.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

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