Cottonwood Island Nature Park in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada is a very popular year round recreation destination located where the Nechako and Fraser River meet in the community. The traditional land where the Nechako and Fraser Rivers meet is referred to as "Lheitli" by the First Nation people in the region.
The park was first established in 1983-1984 so to protect the floodplain eco system. An area covering the sensitive shoreline of the rivers and the many 300 year old Black Cottonwood Trees lining the Nechako River.The 33 hectare (88 acres) park is named after these aging trees.
The park trail system is a great way to explore the rivers edge and some of the wilderness areas in the community. At the park entrance is a trail map outlining the network of trails including the Willow, Grove, Cottonwood, Limestone, Hazelnut and Dogwood Trails. The trail system is also part of the 11km Heritage River Trail leading to Fort George Park.
The park trail system is a popular destination for many including people who enjoy jogging, roller bladiing, walking, biking and fishing in the summer and xc skiing in the winter. Along the trail are some viewing platforms and sitting benches providing views overlooking the Nechako River.
The main entrance to the parking lot is located off of River Road. The parking lot fronts a large grass field sporting an info sign, trail map and pit toilets. The well maintained grass field is covered with picnic tables and sitting benches surrounding a wooden picnic shelter. A great location for a special event.
Not far off is a paved boat launch and canoe launch accessing the Nechako River. The parking lot is large to accommodate the boat trailers, cars and trucks while people are out enjoying some quality time fishing and canoeing the mighty river.