Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Chilanko Marsh Wildlife Management Area

About This Wildlife Management Area

Date Designated: June 11, 1987

Purpose: Management of wetland and upland habitat for waterfowl, Moose, furbearers and other wildlife.

Size: 883 hectares

Region: Cariboo

Location and Maps

135 km west of Williams Lake.

Nature and Culture


The wetland component of the WMA provides important feeding and breeding habitat for a wide range of waterfowl species including Canada Goose, Mallard, Pintail, Wigeon, Teal, Goldeneye and Ruddy Ducks, as well as many marsh and shorebird species. In addition, Muskrat, Beaver and Mink utilize the marsh and adjacent uplands. The upland component provides habitat for Sharptailed Grouse, Moose, Mule Deer, Coyote and Wolf.

Physiography, Climate and Vegetation

Chilanko Marsh is a floodplain located at the junction of Tatla Lake Creek and the Chilanko River. The WMA includes some adjacent upland areas; mainly gently rolling grasslands with some pine forests, willow thickets and aspen stands. The WMA is also located within the Chilcotin Plateau ecosection and includes both Chilcotin Interior Douglas-fir and Sub-boreal Pine and Spruce biogeoclimatic zones. Rare plant elements found in the WMA include Short-beaked Sedge and Dwarf Clubrush. The water regime of the Chilanko River has been modified by Ducks Unlimited Canada to enhance waterfowl habitat.

Management Planning

Information on management direction is available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regional office.

Management Partners

The Nature Trust of BC

Ducks Unlimited Canada