Together, Ni''iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park and adjacent Habitat Protection Area (HPA) and Settlement Lands protect a distinct and fascinating ecosystem and an enduring Gwich'in connection to the land.
Limestone caves, year-round open water and early-winter salmon runs support grizzly bear concentrations and large trees rarely seen this far north. The Porcupine caribou herd also migrates through the area, home to many other species of wildlife, including Dall’s sheep and moose.
The 6500 km2 wilderness area is jointly managed by Government of Yukon and Vuntut Gwitchin Government. Protection of the bears and their habitat is the primary goal of the Ecological Reserve, so access to this isolated site is limited and tightly managed. Access to the Wilderness Preserve and Habitat Protection Area is possible but demands experienced wilderness skills and self-sufficiency. Visit the website for more information.
As the crow flies, Ni’iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park is halfway between Dawson City and Old Crow and entirely within Vuntut Gwitchin Traditional Territory. Access to the park is by helicopter (2.5 hrs one way). A Park Permit is required to land a helicopter in the park.