Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area

About This Wildlife Management Area

Date Designated: June 11, 1987

Purpose: Management of important wetland habitats in close proximity to Lower Mainland urban populations.

Size: 2,972 hectares

Region: South Coast

Location and Maps

60 km east-northeast of Vancouver at the south end of Pitt Lake

Nature and Culture


The Pitt-Addington Marsh WMA supports over 200 bird and 29 mammal species. The area provides important wintering, migration and breeding habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, passerine and upland species. Of particular note is the presence of Greater Sandhill Cranes feeding and nesting in and adjacent to the WMA; it is one of only two nesting sites in the Lower Fraser Valley. Other bird species include Canada Goose, Mallard, American Wigeon, Teal, Pintail and Wood Ducks. Raptors, most common during the winter months, include Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Kestrel, Turkey Vulture and Osprey. Black Bear, Mule Deer and Coyote are seen regularly, and Cougar have been reported on occasion. Rare elements identified in the WMA include Pointed Broom Sedge, Two-edged Water-starwort and Sessile-leaved Sandbar Willow.

Physiography, Climate and Vegetation

This WMA is generally a flat, alluvial floodplain made up of dyked and undyked areas. Pitt Lake is the largest tidal freshwater lake in the world. There is a rare reverse delta at the mouth of the Pitt River, a result of deposition which occurs when rapidly flooding tides dam and reverse the main Fraser River outflow back up into Pitt Lake. The WMA also contains Pitt Polder Ecological Reserve, an area of sedge bog and two forested granitic outcrops rising 114 metres above the floodplain.

Compatible Resource and Recreation Uses

Parts of the WMA accommodate wildlife viewing and limited seasonal hunting.

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

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation