Scatter River Old Growth Provincial Park contains a diversity of landscapes from high upland plateau and muskeg to the rapids of the Grand Canyon and river bottom old growth spruce forests.
The park is home to moose, grizzly bear, Rocky Mountain elk, furbearers, northern long-eared bats, and ecosystems associated with succession from the series of large forest fires that have swept through the Liard River valley. The area in general offers fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, river boating, wildlife viewing, hunting, ATV use, and photography.
The Grand Canyon of the Liard, a 30 km stretch of river with dangerous rapids, is an area of tremendous visual quality. Access to the park is by the old road to Nordquist Lake and Elk Mountain. River access is via the Fort Nelson River off of the 77 Road or Sulpher Creek; some boaters travel the Toad River to reach the park.
Park Size: 1178 hectares
Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.
Sport fish species include arctic grayling, chum salmon, bull trout, inconnu, lake whitefish, mountain whitefish, northern pike and burbot. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The park is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.
The Scatter River Old Growth Provincial Park is located along the most northerly progression of the Liard River Corridor in northeastern British Columbia. It is adjacent to one of the most significant hotsprings in Canada, the 1082 hectare Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park, located on the Alaska Highway, 317 km northwest of Fort Nelson. Access to the park is by ATV, foot, horse or boat. One motorized route provides access to the north side of the Liard River Corridor Park. River boat access is via the Liard River.
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