Crab Lake Conservancy protects a scenic upland lake and the headwaters of Crab River. The conservancy represents some of the more spectacular characteristics found in the higher elevations of the Kitimat Ranges Ecosection, including massive rounded mountains of monolithic granite, a fringe of the higher elevation variant of the Coastal Western Hemlock zone that is characterized by old-growth conifer stands of western hemlock, western red cedar and amabilis fir, and forests representative of the Mountain Hemlock zone.
Above the Mountain Hemlock zone, the Alpine Tundra zone begins where forested patches give way to intermittent patches of krummholz western hemlock, yellow cedar and subalpine fir in a matrix of heath and herb meadow communities.
Crab Lake Conservancy contains a pristine lake, watershed, old-growth forests and wetlands in a remote and elevated setting near the Gardner Canal. It has a diversity of wildlife habitats and spectacular mountain scenery with high mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and smaller lakes and tarns. Access into this wilderness area can be difficult.
Conservancy Size: 12,789 ha
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are opportunities for trout and char fishing in Crab Lake. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
This conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Crab Lake Conservancy is only accessible by float plane or helicopter and is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Kitimat and 25 kilometers northeast of Hartley Bay.The lake is located about 4 kilometers inland and up the Crab River on the north side of Gardner Canal, east of Staniforth Point.
Visitor Information Centre:
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
Phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
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