This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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].

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Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • August 23, 2017: Washout on Klappan Forest Service Road (FSR)

    There is a washout on the Klappan FSR (BC Rail Grade) at the 28km mark (6km south of the junction with the Ealue Lake FSR). The condition of the road beyond this point is unknown. The washout is unsafe for vehicle passage and there is currently no timeline for plans to repair the road. ATV and horse access is possible at visitors own risk. Motorized vehicles are not permitted within Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park and horseback riders must obtain a letter of authorization from BC Parks (see the horseback riding section below for more information), prior to entering the park. Vehicle access to the Klappan via Ealue Lake FSR is still possible (ie. no First Nations blockade currently in place), though a blockade may occur again this year for protection of land and wildlife.

Volunteer Host

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park has a volunteer Park Host program. If you are interested in applying for a Park Host position, this page offers further information.

Know Before You Go

  • Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park Access and Trail Conditions [PDF] (August 18, 2016)
  • Please Note: The Spatsizi River, upstream of Hyland Post, is a designated non-motorized area (ie. no jet boating or power boating) from spring breakup until September 1. Motorized boat operators should be aware of and courteous to non-motorized traffic (ie. kayak, canoe, raft etc.). Please give appropriate right-of-way, carry all mandatory safe boating equipment and boat safely!
  • Any visitors wishing to fish/angle in BC Parks on the Highway 37 corridor should strongly consider obtaining a BC Freshwater Fishing Licence while they have access to internet and a printer, there are very limited opportunities to obtain a fishing licence on the Highway 37 corridor.
  • Hunters should thoroughly read and familiarize themselves with the regulations in Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park (see: BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis) and pay particular attention to the “No shooting area within 1km of Cold Fish Lake camp” and “No hunting area within Gladys Lake Ecological Reserve
  • Please note: Due to the sensitive landscapes and ecology of the area, for the protection and conservation of flora and fauna, motorized vehicles are NOT permitted within this park.

Safety Notes:

  • There are no supplies of any kind in Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park or the Stikine River Park, with the exception of Cold Fish Lake camp and private guide outfitter camps throughout the parks. Suitable clothing should be worn and proper equipment carried. Rain, snow (particularly at higher elevations) and cold weather are common throughout the summer months. Visitors should carry appropriate maps, a compass and GPS and understand how to use these tools to navigate through mountainous terrain. Leave a trip plan with a responsible and reliable outside contact, carry a satellite communication device (eg. SPOT, InReach, satellite phone) along with a survival kit in case of emergency, and ensure you know how to use communication devices to reach help if needed.

Aircraft

If you are considering chartering aircraft to fly into the park, the following companies are permitted to do so:
  • Alpine Lakes Air Ltd. floatplane base - Tyhee Lake near Telkwa, B.C. and Tatogga Lake (near Iskut) - 250 846-9488
  • BC Yukon Air – Dease Lake, B.C. – 250-771-3232
  • Tsayta Aviation Ltd Floatplane base - Telegraph Creek, B.C. - 250 235-3701 and Dease Lake, B.C. 250-771-3232 or 250-771-3238
  • Pacific Western Helicopters Ltd. Dease Lake, B.C. 250 771-5911
  • Highland Helicopters – Smithers, B.C. – 250-847-3859
  • Inland Air (North Pacific Seaplanes) – Prince Rupert, B.C. – 250-624-2577
Airstrip
The airstrip at Cold Fish Lake camp is unmaintained and closed to use by wheeled aircraft. Please avoid all use of this airstrip except in emergency situations.

Drinking Water

The Drinking Water Protection Act and Regulations prohibits the provision of drinking water to the public at Cold Fish Lake camp. Park visitors will be required to bring or obtain their own drinking water at this site until further notice. Shower facilities and propane for cooking will still be provided.

About This Park

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park is one of Canada’s largest and most significant parks. True wilderness atmosphere, outstanding scenery and varied terrain make this park an excellent place for quality hiking, photography, and nature study. Lands within the park have an excellent capability for supporting large populations of wildlife.

Stikine River Provincial Park, 257,177 hectares in area, forms a corridor on both sides of the Stikine River from its exit point on the northeast border of Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park, westward along the northern boundary of the park to the magnificent grandeur of unparalleled scenic beauty. The principal activities in the recreation area are canoeing and rafting on the Stikine River.

Established Date: December 3, 1975
Park Size: 698,659 hectares

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. East of the Village of Iskut, off Highway #37. Approximately 500 kilometres north of Smithers.

Maps and Brochures

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 park was established on December 3, 1975. Named for the region of the province that it occupies, Spatsizi means “red goat” in the Tahltan First Nation language. It was a name given to the mountain goats of the area because of their habit of rolling in the iron oxide-coloured dust, which changed their normally white coats to red.

    Historically, Spatsizi was the hunting ground of the Tahltan First Nation. It was seldom visited by outsiders prior to 1926, when the Hyland brothers established a post on the Spatsizi River to trade with native fur trappers. In 1948, Tommy Walker set up permanent hunting and fishing camps at Hyland Post and Cold Fish Lake, hiring local Caribou Hide Indians as guides. It was largely due to the efforts of Walker that the park and Gladys Lake Ecological Reserve were created in 1975.
  • Conservation: This park spreads across two broad physiographic regions, the Spatsizi Plateau and the Skeena Mountains. The plateau, a rolling upland, ranges in elevation from 1,600 to 2,000 metres, and extends in a broad curve broken by wide “u” shaped valleys. The Eaglenest Range of the Skeena Mountains dominates the northwest. Its highest peak, Mt. Will (2,500 metres) towers above Gladys Lake.

    A portion of the central part of the park just south of Cold Fish Lake has been designated as the Gladys Lake Ecological Reserve. The reserve was created for the study of stone sheep and mountain goats in an undisturbed habitat. Persons wishing to view these animals may hike the reserve.
  • Wildlife: Lands within the park have an excellent capability for supporting large populations of wildlife. The light snow depths in the rain shadow of the Eaglenest Range create one of the most important habitats for woodland caribou in British Columbia. The Spatsizi River Valley, with its many flooded areas and oxbow ponds, provides aquatic vegetation for summer forage as well as willow flats for winter browse for moose. Grizzly and black bears, wolverines, beaver, hoary marmot, and Arctic ground squirrels are fairly abundant and more than 140 species of birds including gyrfalcons, Smith’s longspurs and American Golden Plovers have been recorded within the park boundaries.

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.

There are two popular river trips. The first follows the Upper Stikine River from Tuaton or Laslui Lake (both accessible by float plane) to the pullout at the Highway #37 bridge. The second route is the Spatsizi River from its confluence with Didene and Kluayetz Creeks (accessed by portage from the BC Rail grade) to the Stikine River and then down the Stikine to the pullout at the Highway #37 bridge.

Elements Adventure Company Ltd. offers guided canoeing trips on the upper Stikine River.
www.elementsadventures.com
1 250 308-8924

Fishing

Fishing

Anglers must abide by the provincial Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Angling is a popular activity and fishing is generally good. Rainbow trout, lake trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic grayling, mountain whitefish, burbot and longnose sucker are the main species in the region. Although fish can be abundant, please conserve your catch and only keep what you intend to eat.
Hiking

Hiking

There are several hiking trails leading into the park from the BC Railgrade along the Klappan River, and in the vicinity of Cold Fish Lake Camp.

For your own safety and preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Please be advised that these are wilderness trails that are not frequently travelled or maintained by BC Parks staff. Trail conditions can be extremely challenging depending on weather and other factors.

Hiking in the backcountry areas of this park requires hikers to be well equipped, experienced in backcountry travel and in good physical condition.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

A Letter of Authorization (LOA) is required for visitors who wish to use horses within Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park. There is a mandatory “weed-free feed” requirement for any horses entering the northern parks, meaning that horses must be fed certified weed-free pellets for 72 hours prior to entering the park and throughout the duration of their stay within the park. The primary reason for the weed-free feed requirement is the growing concern of introducing invasive plant species (either through non-permitted feed or horse droppings) into a natural and pristine ecosystem in the park. To obtain an LOA, please contact the BC Parks Stikine Area Supervisor at 250 771-4591 ext.1. If there is no answer, please leave a detailed message stating your request for an LOA, your name, contact information and the date you wish to visit the park.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted within Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park. Please note that the hunting of moose, caribou, mountain sheep, mountain goat (with the exception of the Dawson area, see BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis) and grizzly bear in the park is by Limited Entry Hunting Authorization only.

No Hunting is permitted within Gladys Lake Ecological Reserve

No shooting area within 1 km of Cold Fish Lake camp.

A secure meat cache with electric fencing is available to hang legally harvested game meat/antlers/skins/other animal parts. Please do not store meat/animal parts anywhere else in camp and use the meat cache in order to avoid attracting large carnivores and creating wildlife conflicts within camp.

Links to the BC Hunting Regulation synopsis and Limited Entry Hunting synopsis are available on the BC Parks Fishing and Hunting page.

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 at Cold Fish Lake camp. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife concerns.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park is one of Canada’s largest and most significant parks! Sprawling wilderness, unique geological features, spectacular mountains, as well as diverse and abundant wildlife and plant communities make this park a fantastic place for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, photography, and nature study.

Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts

Cabins / Huts

There are 6 cabins located at Cold Fish Lake camp within Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park. All cabins are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees for utilizing the cabins are: $20/night/person, and $35/family/night (Family rate applies to parents accompanied by their children under the age of 16).

There is a cookhouse available for public use at Cold Fish Lake camp. All food must be stored in the cookhouse in rodent-proof boxes. The cookhouse has running water, a propane stove, and rodent-proof storage boxes available for public use. Users are responsible to clean the cookhouse after they use it. Absolutely no food is permitted in cabins! Users are also responsible to clean cabins upon departure in this “user maintained” camp.

A secure meat cache with electric fencing is available to hang legally harvested game meat/antlers/skins/other animal parts. Please do not store meat/animal parts anywhere else in camp! Use the meat cache in order to avoid attracting large carnivores and creating wildlife conflicts within camp. The meat cache is located near the “Tommy Walker” cabin at the very south end of camp, the easiest way to access is along the lakeshore trail that runs from the float plane dock to the “Tommy Walker” cabin.

Due to public safety and conservation concerns, there is a no shooting area within 1km of the Cold Fish Lake Camp.

Please note: visitors must pack out what they pack in. There are no garbage receptacles located at Cold Fish Lake Camp.

Campfires

Campfires

Please check for campfire bans and the fire danger rating for the area you are visiting before igniting a fire in the backcountry. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented within the park. To maintain a healthy ecosystem community, please don’t gather firewood from the park (a ticketable offence under Section 9 of the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and contributes to healthy and fertile soils. For more information on campfires in the backcountry.

Firewood is typically provided at Cold Fish Lake camp. Always carry a cooking stove, use fire rings, only build a fire when necessary and where it will not cause environmental damage. While campfires are allowed and campfire rings may be provided, we encourage visitors to conserve wood, improve air quality and protect the environment by keeping their campfire small.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Lakes and streams are sources of drinking water. Water should be boiled before using.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Showers

Showers

There is a shower with “on-demand” hot water at Cold Fish Lake camp. The shower is located at the southern end of camp, approximately 50m behind the cookhouse and 25m to the west of the outhouse.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. There are several rustic campsites scattered throughout the park. These sites may or may not contain: a fire ring, a pit toilet, tenting areas, food cache.
Stikine/Spatsizi Rivers Canoe Route: Tuaton Lake, Fountain Rapids, Chapea Rapids, Beggerlay Canyon, Spatsizi River Access Trail (two sites available: one located at trailhead, other located at the end of the trail by river).
Eaglenest Creek Route: Ram Creek, MacDonald Camp.