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Maps of this Area
Maps for the Bighorn Backcountry including the Kiska/Willson PLUZ, digital mapping options and smaller area-specific Allstones, Bighorn Dam, Cline River Corridor, Cutoff Creek, Nordegg, Shunda/Goldeye and Tershishner maps can be found at: Bighorn Backcountry - Overview.
Area and trail information
View activity and trail information for the area:
- Random no-service, camping is permitted. Campsites must be 100 metres from a lakeshore and no permanent camp structures are allowed.
- Campsites and fires must be one kilometre (0.6 miles) from a Public Land Recreation Area (PLRA) or Public Recreation Area (PRA). For further information see: Recreation on public land - Overview. Nearby, partly serviced camping is available through: Alberta Parks.
- Helicopters are not permitted to land on a lake or within 200 metres (219 yards) of the lakeshore.
Off-highway vehicles (OHV) permitted only on designated trails with the following weight and width restrictions:
- maximum weight of 590 kilograms (1,300 pounds)
- maximum wheel base of 185 centimetres (72.8 inches)
- maximum width of 178 centimetres (70 inches)
- maximum tire pressure of 110 kPa (16psi)
Snow vehicles permitted only on designated trails.
Motorized boats are not permitted.
Equestrian permitted; trails available. Horse grazing or tethering must be at least 100 metres (109.4 yards) of a lakeshore. Equestrian users may be required to provide their own feed.
Cross-country skiing permitted.
For further information see: Recreation on public land - Overview.
Alberta hunting regulations apply. For details on hunting regulations, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: Hunting: Regulations.
Hunting is not permitted in Provincial Recreation Areas (PRAs).
Alberta fishing regulations apply. For details on fishing regulations, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: Fishing: Regulations.
About this area/PLUZ
This area was created in October 2002 to provide a network of trails for motorized, non-motorized and equestrian use. Seasonal access for motorized vehicles is permitted only on designated trails.
This area is 1,023 square kilometres (395 square miles).
Legislation, management, and planning relevant to area
- Bighorn Backcountry Access Management Plan
- North Saskatchewan Regional Planning Process
- Public Lands Act
- Public Lands Administration Regulation
Stewardship, monitoring, and biodiversity initiatives
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