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Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed. Reservations are not accepted at this conservancy and all sites and facilities are on a first come, first served basis.

Winter camping
There are winter camping opportunities in this conservancy, as it can be accessed year-round.
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Firewood is not provided. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to fully extinguish the fire when done. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of campfires and using camp stoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions.
Hot spring

Location: North end of Klekane Inlet, east side of estuary, about 10 km north of Butedale. The trail to the hot springs can be difficult to find. Ensure you have the following coordinates marked. 
GPS: Lat. 53° 14’ 46” North; Long. 128° 40’ 50” West 
Pool Water Temperature: 41°C 
Facilities: Cedar building (8 ft x 12 ft) with green metal roof and a concrete block pool (8 ft x 8 ft x 3 ft deep). 
Comments: The waters are odorless. About a five minute walk in at high tide at the NE end of the estuary and about 20 m from a small side stream. Source of the hot springs is at 53° 14’ 50” North; 128° 40’ 50” West (53° C). Be aware of bears in the area.

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Swimming is possible in the ocean, but the water is cold all year-round. There are no lifeguards on duty in the conservancy.

Adventurous and experienced kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlet, bays and shorelines in this conservancy.


There are opportunities to fish for trout and salmon in Klekane River. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.

Wildlife viewing
Black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer can be seen in the conservancy. The best place to see wildlife is at the river mouths and estuaries of Scow Bay and north end of Klekane Inlet. Humpback whales, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and harbour seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.
Pets on leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Scuba diving
It is possible to scuba dive or snorkel in the conservancy. The water clarity is best during winter and spring.

This Conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons but is closed to Grizzly Bear hunting. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.