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Visitor Information
  • Access to this park is by active logging roads. The chance of encountering loaded logging trucks while traveling these roads is highly likely. Logging trucks have the right of way at all times. Drivers should use caution and yield to logging trucks; use pullouts whenever possible. Visitors should carry a full-sized spare tire.
  • The banks along the river are extremely steep with canyon sections, creating hazards. Please use caution when hiking along the river’s edge.

Nitinat River Provincial Park

About This Park

Nitinat River Provincial Park The Nitinat River carves through this lush forest, creating a series of spectacular falls and quiet pools perfect for viewing steelhead and salmon. While these deep pools within the canyon are closed to anglers, fishing is possible in the area around the Nitinat River bridge pool.

This scenic wilderness park, which protects a variety of rare and endangered plant species, has no developed camping or day-use facilities, aside from a rough, unmaintained route leading from the roadside to the river.

Nitinat River Park can be reached by logging road from the communities of Port Alberni, Cowichan Lake and Port Renfrew.

Park Size: 160 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. Nitinat River Provincial Park is located above Nitinat Lake, northwest of Port Renfrew on southern Vancouver Island. The park can be accessed via Port Alberni, Cowichan Lake or Port Renfrew along the Nitinat Main logging road. Two sites – Nitinat River Falls and Nitinat River bridge pool – are located approximately 8 and 15 km southwest of Cowichan Lake, accessed via logging roads. Nearby communities include: Cowichan Lake, Duncan, Port Alberni, Port Renfrew.
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Nature and Culture

  • Conservation / Wildlife: Nitinat River Provincial Park protects 160 hectares of rainforest and riparian habitat for several endangered species, including threatened plant species such as Scouler’s corydalis and the tooth-leaved monkey flower. The park protects an important stretch of the Nitinat River system, including spawning grounds of summer steelhead, winter steelhead, sea-run Cutthroat and Rainbow trout, and chum, coho and Chinook salmon.

    Nitinat River Falls protects old-growth Douglas fir and Western hemlock forest and deep river pools important for summer steelhead, as well as winter range for Roosevelt elk.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Fishing

Fishing

The Nitinat River is home to steelhead, salmon and a variety of fresh water species. The pools within the canyon are closed to fishing, while the Nitinat River bridge pool is an open area for fishing. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash

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.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Nitinat River Park provides excellent viewing opportunities of steelhead and salmon in the pools below the falls above Parker Creek. Rare plant species and old-growth Douglas fir and Western hemlock can also be seen in the park. Also of note is the river itself, which carves through this lush forest in a series of spectacular falls and quiet, clear pools.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.