The Koeye conservancy is a largely undisturbed, outer coastal watershed containing two medium sized freshwater lakes, a diverse estuary, expansive wetlands and productive temperate old growth rainforests. Situated in Fitz Hugh Sound, the Koeye encompasses close to 19,000 hectares and supports a provincially significant grizzly/salmon ecosystem. This biologically rich area offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, making it a favourite stopover for kayakers and boaters. The Koeye Conservancy offers ample fishing opportunities for Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, and Sockeye salmon as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout. The mouth of the Koeye is a boat haven and is an important area used by boats and ships in poor weather.
The Koeye Conservancy is located within the Wuikinuxv First Nation traditional territory and is co-managed under an agreement between the Wuikinuxv Nation and the Province of British Columbia. This co-operative management agreement will allow the Wuikinuxv Nation to access land and resources for their use within the Koeye while achieving conservation and recreation objectives for the area.
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided.
Please Conserve Firewood.
Campfires are allowed but firewood is not provided. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to extinguish the fire fully. 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. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small.
For your own safety and the preservation of the conservancy, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
There are no developed trails at this conservancy.
Swimming is not recommended here, because the water is cold and can be rough. There are no lifeguards on duty within the conservancy.
Koeye Conservancy is a favorite stopover for kayakers exploring Fitz Hugh Sound.
Koeye Conservancy is a favorite stopover for Kayakers exploring Fitz Hugh Sound.
This area is a popular sport fishing destination. Opportunities for fishing five species of salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout exist. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The conservancy is open to hunting. Please refer to the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
The Koeye Conservancy is located on the east side of Fitz Hugh Sound near the confluence with Burke Channel, 45km southeast of Bella Bella and 115km north of Port Hardy. Directly west across Fitz Hugh Sound from the conservancy is Hakai Pass located within Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy. The Koeye can only be accessed by boat or air.
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.