Stikine River Provincial Park
- As of July 10th, 2016:
Upstream side of the Highway 37 Stikine River Bridge:
A large mudslide has crossed the Stikine River approximately 10 km above the Mcbride creek confluence. It is unknown if this section of river is safely navigable by any water craft. All river users are recommended to use extreme caution if deciding to travel up or down the river at this time. An update will be provided when available.
- Before heading out on your trip, please check the following website for any fires that may be burning in the area:
About This ParkExisting in the Stikine River Provincial Park is a geological feature unparalleled in Canada. Eighty kilometres of steep-walled canyon, composed of sedimentary and volcanic rock, has been carved through eons of river erosion. In the bottom of this sometimes 300 m deep chasm flows the wild and unnavigable Stikine River, which varies in width from 200 m to as little as 2 m at a point near the Tanzilla and Stikine confluence.
Established Date: March 14, 1987
Park Size: 257,177 hectares
- There are no camping facilities on park land in Stikine Provincial Park. Camping is allowed, but please keep the area as you found it. Garbage can be deposited in any of the highway collection barrels located throughout the Provincial Park. The land in the valley bottom of the Tahltan River is an Indian Reserve. Remember that this is private land and permission is needed to camp there.
- A Letter of Permission is required for individuals or groups who wish to use horses within Stikine River Provincial Park. To obtain a Letter of Permission, please contact the BC Parks Stikine Area Office at 250 771-4591. If there is no answer, please leave a detailed message stating your request for a Letter of Permission, your name, contact information and the date you wish to visit the park. BC Parks will return the call as soon as possible.
- Only permitted air charter companies are authorized to fly into Stikine River Provincial Park.
- Permitted Air Charter Companies for Stikine River Provincial Park:
- Tsayta Aviation Ltd Floatplane base located at Telegraph Creek, B.C. 250 235-3701 and Dease Lake, B.C. 250-771-3232 or 250-771-3238
- Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Smithers, B.C. 250 847-9444
- Alpine Lakes Air Ltd. Floatplane base located on Tyhee Lake near Telkwa, BC 250 846-9488
Alpine Lakes Air has added Tatogga Lake (near Iskut) as a base of operation.
- Sharp drop-offs border the entire Grand Canyon. These, combined with broken rock prevalent in the area, make it extremely dangerous to approach the canyon rim. Please be cautious and supervise your children at all times.
- The Grand Canyon, downstream from Highway #37 bridge crossing, is unnavigable by all watercraft. Do not attempt to navigate this section of the Stikine River.
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 Tahltan First Nation were the original settlers in this area. The Tahltans lived at various seasonal locations along the Stikine River, trading with both the Cascas of the high interior and the Tlingits of the Pacific coast. Today, the Tahltans live in the communities of Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake and Iskut.
In the mid 1860’s, the need for communications link to Europe initiated a survey of the Stikine for development of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail. This project introduced the use of sternwheelers on the river, which brought telegraph wire and other construction materials to what is known as Telegraph Creek. This telegraph route was abandoned after cable was successfully laid across the Atlantic, linking North America with Europe.
- Cultural Heritage: There are numerous Tahltan native sites in the park.
- Conservation: The Stikine River Recreation Area consists of two ecosections, the Southern Boreal Plateau and Stikine Plateau. Special features of the area include the internationally significant Grand Canyon.
- Wildlife: A resident population of more than 300 mountain goats reside in the canyon. Many other species frequent the area, including the black and grizzly bears, Stone sheep, moose, caribou, wolf, coyotes, salmon, and numerous bird species.
Activities Available at this Park
Elements Adventure Company Ltd. offers guided canoeing trips on the upper Stikine River. Here is a link to their webpage: www.elementsadventures.com Phone: 1 250 308-8924
Caution: Downstream of the Stikine River – Hwy 37 bridge is unnavigable by any watercraft.
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.
Hunting is permitted within Stikine River Provincial Park, though many species are authorized under Limited Entry Hunting only. Hunting for moose and mountain goat, east of the Hwy 37 bridge, is restricted to Limited Entry Hunting only. Mountain goat hunting, west of the Hwy 37 bridge, is also restricted to Limited Entry Hunting only.