Livingstone and Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zones established

As part of implementation of the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan, Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ) have been established effective May 15, 2018.

The PLUZ maps identify the designated motorized trail network and supporting facilities, staging areas, viewpoints and public roads. PLUZ maps are updated yearly and serve as notice of the designated motorized network and are the authority for recreational users.

Maps for the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zones can be found at:

Castle Area re-designation

The Castle Special Management Area has now been designated as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park.

For further information on the Castle parks visit:

What are Public Land Use Zones (PLUZs)?

A Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) is an area of public land to which legislative controls apply under authority of the Public Land Administration Regulation (187/2011) to assist in the management of recreational land uses.

  • A PLUZ is created for a specific land base and the unique conditions that exist within that land base.
  • A PLUZ is established to better manage recreation that occurs in a specific area.
  • PLUZ conditions are designed primarily to protect areas containing sensitive resources and managing conflict between recreation and other activities like industrial and commercial land uses.
  • PLUZs are not designated as parks or protected areas.

Within a PLUZ,

  • No motorized vehicles are permitted to leave the road other than to use trails designated for an off-highway vehicles (OHV) of a particular size or type.
  • Trail designations indicate the maximum vehicle width accepted for trail sustainability. Vehicles the same width or smaller than those indicated are allowed.

The forests, meadows, rivers and wetlands of Alberta benefit us all. If you see someone causing damage to the environment, call 1-800-642-3800 to report: what occurred, date, time, location, vehicle and license plate number, description of the person or people causing the damage, your name and phone number.

Regional Plans and recreation

Currently, there are 19 PLUZs covering approximately 11,200 square kilometres (4,324.34 square miles) of public land in Alberta. There are additions and changes for PLUZs within each regional plan that has been approved. Know B4 U Go and be aware of boundaries and regulations.

  • Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Map (PDF, 1.61 MB)
    • Six new areas are identified under the regional plan and are being established as Public Use Zones (one for conservation and five for recreation and tourism)
  • South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Map (PDF, 701 KB)
    • Recreation management planning with stakeholders for key areas beginning in fall of 2014. Public Land Use Zones will be established to support implementation of the regional plan and the recreation management planning.

PLUZ maps and permitted recreation activities

Northern Alberta Public Land Use Zones

  • Map: Northern Alberta PLUZs
    Map: Northern Alberta PLUZs

    A map showing the boundaries of the Athabasca Ranch; Blackstone/Wapiabi; Brule Lake; Coal Branch; Holmes Crossing; Job/Cline; Kiska/Willson Public Land Use Zones.

    Download: Map: Northern Alberta PLUZs (PDF, 372 KB)

  • Permitted recreation activities: Northern Alberta PLUZs
    Permitted recreation activities: Northern Alberta PLUZs

    A table outlining permitted and restricted outdoor recreation activities in the Athabasca Ranch; Brule Lake; Coal Branch and Holmes Crossing Public Land Use Zones.

    Download: Permissible recreation activities: Northern Alberta PLUZs (PDF, 352 KB)

Central Alberta Public Land Use Zones

  • Central zone map
    Map: Central Alberta PLUZs

    A map showing the boundaries of central Alberta Public Land Use Zones: Blackstone/Wapiabi; Coal Branch; Dormer/Sheep; Ghost; Job/Cline; Kiska/Willson; Panther Corners and Upper Clearwater/Ram.

    Download: Central Alberta PLUZs (PDF, 328 KB)

  • Permitted recreation activities: Central Alberta PLUZs
    Permitted recreation activities: Central Alberta PLUZs

    A table outlining outdoor recreation activities permitted in the Blackstone/Wapiabi; Dormer/Sheep; Job/Cline; Kiska/Willson; Panther Corners and Upper Clearwater/Ram Public Land Use Zones.

    Download: Permissible recreation activities: Central Alberta PLUZs (PDF, 363 KB)

Southern Alberta Public Land Use Zones

  • Southern Alberta PLUZs
    Map: Southern Alberta PLUZs

    A map showing the boundaries of the Castle SMA; Cataract Creek Snow Vehicle; Dormer/Sheep; Ghost; Kiska/Willson; Livingstone; McLean Creek Off-Highway Vehicle; Panther Corners; Porcupine Hills and Sibbald Snow Vehicle Public Land Use Zones.

    Download: Map: Southern Alberta PLUZs (PDF, 408 KB)

  • Permitted recreation activities: Southern Alberta PLUZs
    Permitted recreation activities: Southern Alberta PLUZs

    A table outlining permitted and restricted outdoor recreation activities in the A map showing the boundaries of the Cataract Creek Snow Vehicle; Ghost; Kananaskis; Livingstone; McLean Creek Off-Highway Vehicle; Porcupine Hills and Sibbald Snow Vehicle Public Land Use Zones.

    Download: Permissible recreation activities: Southern Alberta PLUZs (PDF, 363 KB)