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Kananaskis Conservation Pass required
A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to access Kananaskis Country and the Bow Valley Corridor with your vehicle. For more information, see:
Public Lands Camping Pass required
A Public Lands Camping Pass is required to random camp on public land along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. For more information, visit:
About public land use zones
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. See also PLUZ 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.
Permitted recreation activities
See the following for maps and for activities permitted in each PLUZ:
- Northern PLUZs – Upper Athabasca-North
- Central PLUZs – Saskatchewan-Bighorn Backcountry
- Southern PLUZs – South Saskatchewan
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