Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Lazo Marsh North East Comox Wildlife Management Area

About This Wildlife Management Area

Date Designated: April 6, 2001

Purpose: Conservation of habitat for a diverse population of fish, wildlife and indigenous flora and fauna.

Size: 127 hectares

Region: West Coast

Location and Maps

East coast of Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley.

Nature and Culture


Thousands of waterfowl and other birds from more than 140 species reside permanently or winter in the WMA, including Great Horned Owl fledglings, ducks, geese and Trumpeter Swans. Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon fry and Stickleback frequent the waters.

Physiography, Climate and Vegetation

The WMA contains wetlands, riparian areas and sand dunes along with upland forests supporting a number of rare or threatened plants. Lazo Marsh is a low depression with a thin layer of organic soils over marine clays. Due to the shallow depths in the marsh, succession rates are high, and Bullrush and Salix species are becoming dominant in the south area.

Compatible Resource and Recreation Uses

This area is popular with naturalists and other outdoor recreationalists for wildlife viewing, walking and mountain biking.

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

Canadian Wildlife Service-Environment Canada

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

Comox Valley Regional District

Town of Comox

Comox Town Residents Association

Friends of Comox-Lazo Forest Reserve

Lazo Marsh-Northeast Comox Management Committee