Goat Range Provincial Park
About This Park
This park protects the only natural spawning site of the unique “Gerrard” rainbow trout. This wilderness area is critical in maintaining the natural habitat for species such as grizzly bear, mountain goat and mountain caribou. Visitors are asked to employ low impact techniques.
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water; potable water is not available in the park.
- Campfires are not allowed except in emergency situations.
This park is situated in the Selkirk Mountains, between Slocan and Kootenay lakes at the south end, and between Arrow Lakes and Duncan Lake at the north end.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park has an important mining and logging history including a historic townsite and railway station, although no trace of these remain.
- Cultural Heritage: The area within the park is significant to the Okanagan, Shuswap and Ktunaxa-kinbasket First Nations. The park has an important mining and logging history including a historic townsite and railway terminus at the south end of Trout Lake.
- Conservation: This wilderness park protects a mix of low, mid and high-elevation forests. The park contains old-growth forests, extensive alpine meadows and lakes, and numerous rivers and creeks. It provides a spawning and rearing habitat for the internationally important Gerrard rainbow trout and an important spawning channel for Kootenay Lake kokanee in the Meadow Creek watershed. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please do not damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: This wilderness area is critical in maintaining the natural habitat for species such as grizzly bear, elk, mountain goat and mountain caribou.
Activities Available at this Park
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. There are no mountain biking trails.
This park protects the only natural spawning site of the unique “Gerrard” rainbow trout and is an important spawning channel for Kootenay Lake kokanee in the Meadow Creek watershed. These important habitats are closed for fishing due to conservation reasons. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
This park has some rugged possibilites but few developed trails. There is one short but awesome old growth cedar walking trail, and one short hike to a spectacular waterfall. 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.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Facilities Available at this Park
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided. There are no user fees charged at this time.