Finlay-Russel Provincial Park and Protected Area consists of an 85 km corridor along the Finlay River between the Fox River confluence, immediately west of Kwadacha village (Fort Ware) and the Toodoggone River confluence. The Park area also includes 20 km of the Upper Pelly Creek Valley and the northern end of the Russel Range. The Finlay-Russel Provincial Park protects important fish and wildlife habitat and a section of the First Nation trail from Kwadacha to Caribou Hide and the Stikine country.
Due to the remote setting of this park, visitors should be well-equipped as there are no supplies of any kind easily accessible. Supplies, vehicles and gasoline should be checked prior to travelling to the park. Vehicles should be 4x4’s and be equipped for off-pavement use. Suitable clothing should be worn and equipment for outdoor living carried. Visitors should be experienced, self sufficient and have appropriate maps.
Established Date: April 4, 2001
Park Size: 109,205 hectares
Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Visitors must be experienced in backcountry travelling.
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.
First Nation Heritage trail from Kwadacha to Caribou Hide and the Stikine country. The condition of the trail is unknown. The trail involves a major crossing of the Finlay River. Visitors must have appropriated topography maps and must be well-prepared.
Cycling is permitted; however, trails are not maintained. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Finlay Russel 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.
Hunting is allowed in the park during the open season. Please check with the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Limited road access from Ft. Ware and road conditions are unknown, access to interior by air. Mackenzie is the closest community but is still a days drive on rough roads.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.