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Butler Ridge Park


Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.

Pit or flush toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.

Boat launch

Water levels change seasonally and BC Hydro may alter water levels in Williston Lake without notice, making the boat ramp unusable. Contact BC Hydro to confirm water levels.


Keep backcountry fires small.


A hiking trail up to Butler Ridge can be accessed on the Dunlevy Forest Service Road east of Hudson’s Hope. The trail accesses Butler Ridge and provides visitors with amazing views of Williston Lake and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. 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.


Visitors can swim at their own risk in Williston Lake, there are no designated swimming areas. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.


Exercise caution at all times due to a large amount of drifting debris continually emerging from the flooded lake bottom. In addition, strong winds frequently create high waves on the open water.


Williston Lake has numerous sport fish, such as rainbow trout and kokanee, for the avid angler. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities. Stone sheep, moose, elk, deer, black bear and grizzly bears frequent the park.

Pets on leash

Keep pets on leash at all times in backcountry areas to avoid conflicts with wildlife.


Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Butler Ridge Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is permitted.


The park is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Winter recreation

Winter recreation opportunities include snowmobiling and ski touring.