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Sutherland River Provincial Park and Protected Area
About This Park
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)
Know Before You Go
- Visitors should be cautioned that all road access to the park can be hazardous due to rough road conditions.
- 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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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.