Tetsa River Regional Park is located in the Rocky Mountain Foothills of far Northern British Columbia. The park is one of the more beautiful park campgrounds along the Alaska Highway, and one of the prettiest locations this side of the Yukon border.
The park used to be a provincial park, but is now a regional park owned and operated by the Northern Rockies Regional District.
The 115-hectare park offers excellent fishing for arctic grayling and peaceful camping on the shores of the Tetsa River. As the Tetsa River flows into the Arctic drainage system, fishing for arctic grayling can be very rewarding in the spring and fall.
Due to swift current and rapids, only experienced persons should attempt to canoe or kayak the Tetsa River. Low water levels make the river unnavigable during certain times of the year. Boaters should also be aware that there are no road-accessible take-out points.
Easy walking through the poplar forest leads to river viewpoints and fishing holes, with short hikes along the riverbank. There are 25 unserviced vehicle/tent campsites spread out along the grassy shores of the Tetsa River, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. The park is open from May to September.
Just south of Tetsa River Regional Park on the opposite side of Hwy 97 is the Teetering Rock Hiking Trail, a 7-mile (11.5-km) trail that runs into the escarpments of the Alberta Plateau, providing expansive views of the Tetsa River Valley and the northern Rockies. A campsite at kilometre 7 offers an overnight stop before heading to the base of Teetering Rock, a house-size boulder teetering on a small rock pedestal. Allow eight hours for the return trip. The trailhead begins from a viewpoint 10.5 miles (17 km) north of Steamboat Mountain on Hwy 97.
It is almost impossible not to observe wildlife as you travel through this area – moose, white-tail and mule deer and occasionally elk can be viewed as they pass through the park. Be aware that both black and grizzly bear frequent the area.
Tetsa River Regional Park is located one kilometre off the Alaska Highway (Hwy 97) at Kilometre 555, roughly 63 miles (100 km) west of Fort Nelson in Northern British Columbia.
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