Columbia Lake Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and is included in the 2020-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 

Motor Vehicle Prohibited Area:

Columbia Lake

20  Effective year round, in that portion of M.U. 4-25 as shown on the attached Map No. 1-20/14, except those roads shown as

(a) blue lines and designated as open from May 1 to November 30, and

(b) highlighted in green and designated as open year round.

Proposed Regulations: 
  • Move seasonally open road along the east side of Columbia Lake from Armstrong Bay back to the Rod and Gun Beach access road due to increased non-compliance and damage to sensitive grassland and sheep habitats [coordinates: 50°12’33.44”N 115°49’49.91”W]
  • Open Rod and Gun Beach road and engage with Village of Canal Flats for stewardship support from local users to keep use limited to the one road and no further expansion off of this access
  • Open air strip road to the start of the Source Trail parking area

See map here.


The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) move road closure point to manage compliance and mitigate damage to sensitive habitat, (2) provide seasonal road access for public use and access and (3) correct identified inaccuracies of mapped road open/close status.

The original rationale for the development of this AMA considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer. Habitat capability mapping also shows that this AMA to supports bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose and grizzly bear habitat.

Additional Information: 

A subset of literature that supports the benefits of motor vehicle restrictions for wildlife is provided below:

Beazley, K. F., Snaith, T. V., Mackinnon, F., & David, C. 2004. Road density and the potential impact on wildlife species such as American Moose in mainland Nova Scotia. Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science. []

Hayden, J. G., Ardt, G., Fleming, M., Keegan, T. W., Peek, J., Smith, T. O., & Wood, A. (2008). Habitat guidelines for mule deer: Northern forest ecoregion. Mule Deer Working Group, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. USA. []

Forman, R. T., Friedman, D. S., Fitzhenry, D., Martin, J. D., Chen, A. S., & Alexander, L. E. 1997. Ecological effects of roads: toward three summary indices and an overview for North America. See Ref, 21, 40-54.

Mountain Goat Management Team. 2010. Management Plan for the Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) in British Columbia. Prepared for the B.C. Ministry of Environment, Victoria, B.C. 87pp. []

Proctor, M. F., B. N. McLellan, G. B. Stenhouse, G. Mowat, C. T. Lamb & M. A. Boyce. (2018). Resource Roads and Grizzly Bears in British Columbia and Alberta. Canadian Grizzly Bear Management Series, Resource Road Management. Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project. Kaslo, BC, Canada.

Rowland, M. M., Wisdom, M. J., Johnson, B. K., & Penninger, M. A. 2004. Effects of roads on elk: implications for management in forested ecosystems. In: Transactions of the 69th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference: 491-508. []