Sutherland River Park and Protected Area
- Please note, as of August 7, 2013 - Sutherland River Park and Protected Area – a 260 ha fire is burning adjacent to the PA boundary – no public access is permitted.
- Visitors should be cautioned that all road access to the park can be hazardous due to rough road conditions.
About This ParkSutherland River Park and Protected Area protect adjacent parcels of land along approximately 50 km of the Sutherland River and Babine Lake. It provides park visitors with a variety of river based recreation opportunities, and protects a river with important habitat for spawning fish and other wildlife.
Park Size: 18,394 hectares (13,559 of Class A Park, 4,835 of Protected Area)
- Visitors should respect private property and Indian Reserve No. 13 located along the shoreline of Babine Lake.
- This park does not have a boat launch. The closest public boat launches are located on Babine Lake. At Pinkut Creek Marine Site there is a rustic gravel boat launch and at Babine Lake - Pendleton Bay Marine Provincial Park there is a concrete boat launch. Be aware that the east end of Babine Lake is very shallow in areas and boaters should be cautious.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- There are no digital maps or brochures for this park.
Nature and Culture
- History - Sutherland River Park was designated as a Class A Park in 2000 following recommendations of the Lakes Land and Resource Management Plan; the Protected Area was designated in 1999 under the Vanderhoof Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage - Sutherland River Park and Protected Area lie within the asserted traditional territories of the Natooten and Sekanni-Carrier First Nations.
- Conservation - Sutherland River Park and Protected Area lie within the Babine Uplands Ecosection and protect a major unregulated river and a large inland river delta with extensive wetlands.
- Wildlife - The Sutherland River is an important spawning river for sockeye, kokanee and steelhead in Babine Lake. The Park and Protected Area also provide important habitat for moose, grizzly bears and wolves.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Management Direction Statement [PDF 461.47KB] for Sutherland River Park and Protected Area.
Activities Available at this Park
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is a trail leading up Tetzalto Mountain from near the junction of Augier and Grizzly Forest Service Roads. Please be aware and take caution of steep cliffs near the top of the mountain that may be slippery. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
This park is open to hunting during the lawful game season. See the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping regulations synopsis for further details.