Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
Hay River Protected Area
About This Protected AreaThe Hay River meanders its way slowly to the East. Along its shores, outstanding meadows can be seen stretching towards hidden black spruce bogs and wetlands. Water loving wildlife such as moose can be seen feeding in the shallows of ox-bow ponds and waterfowl hidden in the grass find shelter for nesting.
This remote Protected Area is accessible via helicopter.
Established Date: January 15, 2001
Park Size: 2,323 hectares
- There are no developed trails at this park.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The general area has traditionally been used by the Slavey, Cree and Beaver cultures of the Fort Nelson, Fort Liard and Dene Tha First Nations. The area was identified as a Protected Area in the Fort Nelson Land and Resource Management Plan in 1997.
- Cultural Heritage: This is an area of historic and current use by Slavey, Cree and Beaver cultures of the Fort Nelson, Fort Liard and Dene Tha First Nations.
- Conservation: The Hay River Protected Area is a representative aquatic ecosystem within boreal black spruce muskeg and wetlands. It is located within the Fort Nelson Lowlands ecosection, and is comprised of very flat low-lying muskeg terrain with extensive wetlands, slow moving streams and numerous small lakes within the Boreal White and Black Spruce biogeoclimatic zone.
- Wildlife: Wildlife species common to wetlands and river corridors are found in this protected area. These species include moose, deer, caribou, wolf, black bear, coyote and small furbearers such as beaver and river otter. The Hay River contains northern pike, walleye, inconnu, grayling and whitefish.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 3.14MB] is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Protected Area
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Horseback riding is allowed.
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 and the potential for problems with bears.
Facilities Available at this Protected Area
Keep backcountry fires small and only use when necessary. If required, make sure the fire is completely out before your leave.
Boil or filter all water from streams and rivers.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. This is an extremely remote area and access is very difficult.