For advisories and closures for this and other areas, visit:
Maps of this Area
A map for the Kiska/Willson Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) can be found at: Bighorn Backcountry: Kiska/Willson PLUZ.
Additional maps for the Bighorn Backcountry and the Kiska/Willson PLUZ, including digital mapping options for the entire Bighorn Backcountry PLUZ, as well as the Allstones, Bighorn Dam, Cline River Corridor, Cutoff Creek, Nordegg, Shunda/Goldeye and Tershishner areas 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 Recreation Area, Provincial Park or roadway. 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. For further information see: Know Before You Go: Snowmobiles.
Motorized boats are not permitted.
Cross-country skiing permitted.
For further information see: Recreation on public land - Overview.
For relevant clubs, trails and other information see, Alberta Cross-Country Skiing.
Horse grazing or tethering at least 100 metres (109.4 yards) of a lakeshore.
For relevant clubs, trails and other information see, Alberta Equestrian Federation.
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 large network of trails for non-motorized and equestrian use. Seasonal access for off-highway 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
To connect with Alberta Environment and Parks: