Stellako River Wildlife Management Area
ABOUT THIS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
Date Designated: December 7, 2011
Purpose: Management of a historically significant, high quality fishery along with habitat for terrestrial wildlife.
Size: 503 hectares
NATURE AND CULTURE
Fish and Wildlife: The relatively narrow banks and steep gradient in the upper sections of the Stellako River provide good conditions for Rainbow Trout rearing, and other parts of the river provide good habitat for adult trout migrating from tributaries. Sockeye and Kokanee Salmon spawn in the river, and also use it for migrating into tributaries. The area is frequented by Moose, Mule Deer and Black Bear, along with Beaver, Mink, River Otter, Red Squirrel, Lynx, Marten, and Coyotes. Bird life is abundant, including Bald Eagle, Common Merganser, and many waterfowl species. Trumpeter Swans winter in the lower and upper reaches of the Stellako River when open water is available.
Physiography, Climate and Vegetation: The Nechako Plateau is characterized by low relief with large expanses of flat or gently rolling topography. Fluvioglacial and fluvial deposits are interspersed with exposed bedrock and talus slide material; lakes, drumlins, drumlin-like forms and eskers are abundant in the area. The forest cover consists primarily of White Spruce, Lodgepole Pine, Trembling Aspen, Paper Birch and Douglas-fir. Some cottonwood stands appear on the floodplain, and grasses and low shrubs populate some of the steeper slopes. Steep canyons and high water velocities are common along the upper portions of the Stellako River. Cold winters and warm summers are typical.
PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
Information on management direction and possible restrictions on visitor activities are available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development regional office.