Wells Gray Provincial Park – Clearwater/Azure Marine
Established November 28, 1939, the Park was named for the Honourable Arthur Wellsley Gray, Minister of Lands for British Columbia from 1933 to 1941. In April 1996 a 3100 ha addition was added to the park as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan. The addition is located just north of Clearwater and extends north along the Clearwater River to Mahood Lake, along the southwest border of Wells Gray Park.
Extensive evidence of prehistoric use exists.
The park includes canyon and volcanic features such as lava flows, columnar basalts and pillow lavas. The area protects old-growth Douglas-fir and cedar and hemlock forests, but primarily contains young forests of Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine and extensive deciduous stands of aspen and birch. The corridor supports many ungulates, birds, migration corridors, and salmon spawning habitat for chinook, sockeye and coho salmon. Much of the corridor protects critical moose winter range habitat as well as habitat for mule deer, black bear, coyote, white tailed deer and badger.
Wildlife is generally sparse in dense forests, but you may be fortunate to see bear, moose, squirrels and pine marten. Caribou and deer have been spotted swimming across the lakes. Birds frequently seen near Clearwater and Azure include osprey, eagle, merganser and grouse.