This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
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].
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Thinahtea North Protected Area and Thinahtea South Protected Area

About This Protected Area

Thinahtea Protected Area These protected areas encompass 20,379 hectares around Thinahtea Lake and sections of the creek both north and south of the lake.

Thinahtea contains riparian habitats, wetlands and upland forests with important habitat for moose and waterfowl, including Trumpeter swans.

Protected Area Size:
Thinahtea South 16,705 ha
Thinahtea North 3,674 ha
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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. Thinahtea Protected Area is located in the north east corner of the province near the confluence of Thinahtea Creek and the Petitot River, 170 km northeast of Fort Nelson. There are no designated roads near to the protected area.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • Cultural Heritage: Thinahtea Protected Area overlaps with traditional use areas of the Slavey, Cree and Beaver cultures of the Dene Tha and Fort Nelson First Nations. Thinahtea means where the giants laid down.
  • Conservation: The protected area represents features of the Petitot Plain Ecosection in the Boreal white and black spruce biogeoclimatic zone. There are significant jackpine stands mixed amongst the muskeg.
  • Wildlife: The area contains important habitat for caribou, moose wolf, black bear and several other mammals and waterfowl; endangered, threatened and vulnerable species include trumpeter swans and water hemlock (Cicuta virosa) which has been collected at the Petitot River. The Petitot River and Thinahtea Lake contain several fish species such as Northern pike, walleye, burbot, longnose sucker, troutperch, longnose dace, and slimy sculpin.
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Management Planning

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Activities Available at this Protected Area

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this protected area.
Fishing

Fishing

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

Hunting

The protected area is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting Regulation synopsis.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities for moose, grizzly bear, black bear, caribou and wolves.
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Facilities Available at this Protected Area

Campfires

Campfires

Keep fires small in the back country. Campfires are permitted, however, no campfire pits are provided at this time.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

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