the northwestern region of British Columbia, Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness
Provincial Park is the second largest park in BC, weighing in at 696,160
hectares (1.7 million acres). The park itself spreads across two broad
physiographic regions: Spatsizi Plateau and the Skeena Mountains.
The two trails that lead into the park, the McEwan Creek Trail
and the Eaglesnest Creek Trail, follow well-marked routes
and connect to a number of other trails, some easier to folllow
than others. There are well over 160 kilometres of trails in the
park. Many local guides are based in Iskut, strategically, and breathtakingly
placed between Mount Edziza and Spatsizi.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities
are provided. There are several rustic campsites scattered throughout
the park. These sites may or may not contain: a fire ring, a pit
toilet, tenting areas, food cache.
There are no designated campsites, although there are several campsites
in and around the area. In addition, there are some rustic campsites
located at Tuaton Lake, Fountain Rapids Portage, Chapea Portage,
Beggarly canyon Portage and the Stikine River bridge on Hwy 37.
If possible, camp on a sand or gravel bar as this has the least
effect on local vegetation. This allows the rivers to reclaim your
sites during high water.
There are 6 cabins located at Cold Fish Lake Camp within Spatsizi
Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park. All cabins are available on
a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lands within Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park support a large population
of wildlife. The Spatsizi Plateau is one of the most important habitats
for woodland caribou in British Columbia, while supporting a variety
of wildlife, including moose, grizzly and black bears, wolves, beavers,
hoary marmots, and more than 140 species of birds, including gyrfalcons.
'Spatsizi' means 'red goat' in the tongue of the original inhabitants
of the area around Spatsizi Plateau, the Tahltan. The goats aren't
really red, but roll in iron-oxide dust, coating their otherwise
There is good fishing for rainbow trout, lake trout, Dolly Varden,
mountain whitefish, and Arctic grayling in Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness
Provincial Park. For less spur-of-the-moment-style fishing, there
are many outfitters and guides who would be more than willing to
take you into some of the more remote lakes in the park.
Paddling: Backcountry canoeing draws many, if not most, visitors
to the park. There are two popular river trips. The most popular
trip begins with a floatplane flight to Tuaton Lake or or
Laslui Lake, at the headwaters of the Stikine River in the
heart of the park. This trip is for experienced backcountry paddlers
A second canoe route starts in the park, and is accessible via
a 5-km portage from the BC Rail grade to the Spatsizi River. There
are no major rapids on the Spatsizi River, but once the Spatsizi
flows into the Stikine River, expect some rough water and rapids,
especially at higher water levels. Plan on 7 to 10 days for canoeing
either the Stikine River (Tuaton to Hwy 37 bridge) or the Spatsizi/Stikine
routes. Less experienced paddlers can still experience the wonder
of the Stikine River. Dozens of riverrafting companies offer treks
through this wilderness paradise.
To get to Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park, turn east
off the Stewart Cassiar Hwy 37 onto the Ealue Lake Road at Tatogga
Lake. Follow the road, crossing the Klappan River, where it then
intersects with BC Rail grade. The grade parallels the southwestern
boundary of the park for 112 km, and is rough but driveable for
most vehicles. From here the park must be accessed by foot, horseback,