For advisories, timing restrictions and closures for this and other areas, visit:

Maps of this area

Maps for the Bighorn Backcountry including the Upper Clearwater/Ram PLUZ, digital mapping options and smaller, area-specific Cutoff Creek and Hummingbird maps can be found at: Bighorn Backcountry - Overview.

Area and trail information

View activity and trail information for the area:

Activities

Camping

  • Random, no-service camping is permitted. Campsites must be 100 metres from a lakeshore.
  • 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 at: Alberta Parks.
  • Helicopters are not permitted to land on a lake or within 200 metres (219 yards) of the lakeshore.

Motorized

Motocross ATV Side By Side Prohibited OHV Snowmobile Prohibited Boat

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)

For relevant clubs, trails and other information see: Alberta TrailNet, Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association and Alberta Snowmobile Association.

Snow vehicles permitted only on designated trails and in sledding areas.

Motorized boats are not permitted.

Non-motorized

Hiking Horsebackriding Cross Country Skiing

Hiking 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.

For relevant clubs, trails and other information see, Alberta Cross-Country Skiing, Alberta TrailNet and Alberta Equestrian Federation.

Hunting

Hunting

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).

Fishing

Fishing

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 January 1985 to provide a year-round network of trails for motorized, non-motorized and equestrian use. Seasonal access for motorized is permitted only on designated trails.

This area is 1907 square kilometres (736 square miles).

Legislation, management, and planning relevant to area

Stewardship, monitoring, and biodiversity initiatives

Contact

To connect with Alberta Environment and Parks:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Rocky Mountain House Office – Phone: 403-845-8250
Alberta Environment and Parks Info Centre - Phone: 310-3773 (toll free)