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

About This Park

Stuart River Provincial Park Designated in June of 2000, this 20,984 hectare park takes in three-quarters of the 110 km long Stuart River corridor between Fort St. James and the Nechako River. Road access to the corridor exists at several points but the most efficient access is by boat. There are no facilities provided (NTS Map Reference: 93J/3, 93/J/4, 93K/1, 93K/8).

Special Features:
River corridor provides critical habitat for Chinook and sockeye salmon, and red-listed white sturgeon. Also a high value wildlife corridor for ungulates: includes deer and elk winter ranges.

Stay Safe: Bring your own water as there is no potable water available.

Established Date: June 29, 1999

Park Size: 20,984 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. This park takes in three-quarters of the 110 km long Stuart River corridor between Fort St. James and the Nechako River. Road access to the corridor exists at several points but the most efficient access is by boat.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: The Stuart River corridor has been used as a travel route for centuries. The river was part of Simon Fraser's exploration route and later the New Caledonia fur trade canoes regularly traveled these waters. Before the arrival of Simon Fraser the river had been used extensively by the Carrier people. Numerous archaeological sites have been documented including the ancient Chinlac village site. In 1961 the long-abandoned village was designated as a Provincial Heritage Site.
  • Conservation: The park lies on the Nechako Plateau and features flat to gently-rolling terrain and rounded mountains with low ridges and high bluffs along the Stuart River. The corridor has riparian areas and upland forests associated with the major river systems of the plateau.
  • Wildlife: Stuart River provides critical habitat for chinook and sockeye salmon as well as the endangered white sturgeon. Stuart River Park also serves as a high-value wildlife corridor providing habitat for moose, bear, smaller fur-bearers, and riparian-dependant species such as swans, eagles, and bitterns. It also includes important winter range for deer and elk.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are canoeing/kayaking opportunities in this park.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Synopsis for regulations.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities in this park.