|Central BC Nature Viewing Region|
|Wilkins Regional Park|
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|Well-used day-use park along the Nechako River that features easy walking along forested trails and access to the river.|
|Geographical Description||Nechako River lowlands|
|Area/ Trail Length||Park size: 57 ha, 3.5 km of trails|
|Seasons to Visit||Year-round. Optimal birding in the spring (trumpeter swan migration) and summer, fungi viewing in the fall, may also see salmon travelling upstream to spawning areas.|
|Habitat||Riverine, flood plain, mixed forest .|
|Viewing Highlights||Nechako River:|
- Trails skirt along sections of the river’s edge. Depending on the season, a few wildlife highlights are Osprey, Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, aquatic invertebrates, and migrating salmon.
- Mixed forest with large cottonwood trees and thick undergrowth provide great opportunities for bird, plants, and mushroom viewing.
- Easy walking trails are well-maintained.
- Trails connect to the main circular road and can be accessed at various points along the road indicated by signage.
|Other Features||Boat launch area.|
|Main Access||15 km west of Prince George:|
In Prince George, take Otway Rd. going west and turn right onto Wilkins Rd. (11 km from the junction at Foothills Blvd. and Otway Rd.)
Follow Wilkins Rd. to a junction that directs you to the boat launch or to the main parking lot.
There is a small sign that reads ‘Wilkins Rec. Park’ at Wilkins Rd.
|Cautions||Active bear area.|
Swimming not advised (dangerous undertows)
|Jurisdiction||Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.|
|Regulations||Camping not permitted.|
No motorized vehicles and horses on trails.
All pets must be on a leash.
Fires in designated fire pits only.
Gate to the main parking lot is closed during the winter. Refer to regional district website for information on when the gate is open.
|Facilities||Picnic shelter with a wood burning stove, pit toilets, large lawn area with picnic tables and fire pits, boat launch area.|
|Other Recreational Activities||Skiing, snow-shoeing, boating.|
|FMI||Bryce, R. (2012). Hiking North Central BC. Prince George, BC: Peak Performance Publishing.|
|Links||Prince George Naturalists Club|
|Regional District of Fraser-Fort George|
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