Gladys Lake Ecological Reserve was established to provide an alpine-subalpine study area containing unharvested large mammal populations, and to protect spruce-willow-birch and Alpine Tundra ecosystems.
Ecological reserves protect special natural ecosystems, and support research and education. They are not intended for outdoor recreation. However, this ecological reserve is open to the public for non-destructive activities like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, fishing, camping, or foraging are prohibited. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.