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About This Conservancy
Alty Conservancy protects Kiskosh Lagoon and Alty Lake – an area of high value for grizzly bear and bird habitat. This conservancy borders with K’Mooda/Lowe-Gamble Conservancy, K’waal Conservancy and Klewnugget Conservancy which together protects a network of inland lakes.
Alty Conservancy contains three remote pristine lakes, old-growth forests, several streams and wetlands. It has a diversity of wildlife habitats along with mountain scenery. Access into this wilderness area can be difficult and usually requires air transportation.
Know Before You Go
- Do not take motorized boats through the tidal narrows at the end of Kiskosh Inlet and entrance to Kiskosh lagoon. There are large rocks and your boat will be trapped in the lagoon at low tide.
- There are no roads or trails in this wilderness area.
- There are no facilities in the conservancy.
Location and Maps
Lakelse Douglas Channel Area Map [PDF]
- Reference: Marine Chart #3743 (Douglas Channel).
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/11 (Kitkiata Inlet).
- Alty Conservancy Map [PDF]
Alty Conservancy is only accessible by boat, floatplane or helicopter and is located about 10 km north of Hartley Bay and 70 km south of Kitimat. The conservancy is located at the end of Kiskosh Inlet and is bordered to the southwest with K’Mooda/Lowe-Gamble Conservancy, to the northeast with K’waal Conservancy and to the west with Klewnugget Conservancy.
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
250 632-6294 or 1 800 664-6554
Nature and Culture
- History: Alty Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on May 31, 2007 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territories of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala Nations. First Nations people historically fished, hunted and trapped in the area, using a trail system stretching from Kiskosh Inlet to Lowe Inlet. Use the links below for more information or to contact these First Nations.
- Conservation: The conservancy protects undisturbed old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, wetlands, wildlife habitat and the watersheds of Alty Lake, Backlund Lake and the southern half of Gavel Lake. Kiskosh lagoon and Alty Lake have high values for grizzly bear and bird habitat.
- Wildlife: Grizzly bears, wolves and waterfowl can be found in Kiskosh lagoon.
Activities Available at this Conservancy
There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities in Kiskosh lagoon, Alty Lake, Backlund Lake and Gavel Lake, however access into these areas is difficult and usually requires air transportation.
There are opportunities for trout, char and Coho fishing in the lakes and streams in this conservancy. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
This conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Swimming is possible in the lakes, but the water is cold all year-round. There are no lifeguards on duty in the conservancy.
Waterfowl, bears, wolves, moose, deer and fubearers may be seen in the conservancy.
Facilities Available at this Conservancy
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.
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided.