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 79KB].
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Sutherland River Provincial Park and Protected Area

  • Visitors should be cautioned that all road access to the park can be hazardous due to rough road conditions.

About This Park

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Sutherland River Provincial Park and Protected Area protect adjacent parcels of land along approximately 50 km of the Sutherland River and Babine Lake. It provides park visitors with a variety of river based recreation opportunities, and protects a river with important habitat for spawning fish and other wildlife.

Established Date: April 5, 2001 for the park; and July 6, 2000 for the protected area.

Park Size: 18,394 hectares (13,559 of Class A Park, 4,835 of Protected Area)

Special Notes:
  • Visitors should respect private property and Indian Reserve No. 13 located along the shoreline of Babine Lake.
  • This park does not have a boat launch. The closest public boat launches are located on Babine Lake. At Pinkut Creek Marine Site there is a rustic gravel boat launch and at Babine Lake - Pendleton Bay Marine Provincial Park there is a concrete boat launch. Be aware that the east end of Babine Lake is very shallow in areas and boaters should be cautious.
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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. Sutherland River Park and Protected Area is located at the east end of Babine Lake and encompasses a portion of the Sutherland River drainage. Most visitors access the park by boat via Babine Lake. Follow Babine Forest Service Road north from Burns Lake to access Babine Lake (Pendleton Bay or Pinkut Creek) or for land access to the Park.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: Sutherland River Park was designated as a Class A Park in 2000 following recommendations of the Lakes Land and Resource Management Plan; the Protected Area was designated in 1999 under the Vanderhoof Land and Resource Management Plan.
  • Cultural Heritage: Sutherland River Park and Protected Area lie within the asserted traditional territories of the Natooten and Sekanni-Carrier First Nations.
  • Conservation: Sutherland River Park and Protected Area lie within the Babine Uplands Ecosection and protect a major unregulated river and a large inland river delta with extensive wetlands.
  • Wildlife: The Sutherland River is an important spawning river for sockeye, kokanee and steelhead in Babine Lake. The Park and Protected Area also provide important habitat for moose, grizzly bears and wolves.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Fishing

Fishing

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

Hiking

There are no maintained trails in this park, but hiking access to the top of Tetzalto Mountain from adjacent logging roads is possible.
Hunting

Hunting

This park is open to hunting during the lawful game season. See the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping regulations synopsis for further details.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.