Stuart River Provincial Park
About This 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
Location and Maps
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.