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Good Hope Lake is home to the Dease River First Nation and is located on Highway 37, in northern BC, approximately 120 kilometers south of Watson Lake, YT, and 115 kilometers north of Dease Lake, BC. Dease River First Nation has 186 Band Members, 38 of whom live on Reserve in Good Hope Lake.

Dease River First Nation operates a store and provides direction to the Dease River Development Corporation which develops contracts with local mining companies and provides jobs for community members.

The Dease River First Nation store also supplies diesel and gasoline to government and commercial operations, band members, and the general public.

Access to Good Hope Lake is either via the Alaska Highway through the junction to Highway 37, near Watson Lake, or north on Highway 37 from Dease Lake. The closest airports are Whitehorse (512 km) for regular scheduled flights and Watson Lake or Dease Lake for charter service.

Chief and Council

CHIEF: Myles Manygreyhorses
COUNCILLORS: Michael Johnny, James Malone, Ethan Carlick, Annie Johnny

Contact Us

Dease River First Nation
PO Box 79, Good Hope Lake, BC V0C 2Z0
TEL: 250.239.3000
FAX: 250.239.3003

Wildlife Management within Kaska Traditional Territory

You must have a BC Hunting License or be of Kaska Ancestry to hunt in Kaska Traditional Territory. Other First Nations can apply to hunt in Kaska Traditional Territory. Further information and reporting forms are located below.

Information for BC Hunters
Kaska Nation - Hunting Brochure (2015)
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Wildlife Management Units (WMU) Map

Reporting Requirements

Forms to Complete Before & After Hunting

Notification of Hunt (2021)
Hunter Harvest Survey (2021)

All non-Kaska First Nation and licensed hunters are requested to complete a Notification of Hunt form before your hunt, for the stewardship of wildlife in the Kaska Traditional Territory.

You must also submit a Hunter Harvest Survey after your hunt – even if you were not successful.
This is part of our effort to improve wildlife management.

Download and complete the forms, submitting the Notification of Hunt form before your hunt and the Hunter Harvest Survey after your hunt.
Send the completed forms to DRFN Lands and Resources Department Guardian Program email to:

Relevant Regulations and Links

The following links are from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO)’s webpage, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis. See the BC MFLNRO’s webpage for additional resources.

Key Sections for the Kaska Traditional Territory Wildlife Management Units
(Effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024)
There may be in-season regulation changes for the Kaska Traditional Territory.
See the BC MFLNRO’s webpage, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, for updated regulations.

Dease River First Nation News

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October 15 & 16. This Week!

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PO Box 9, Lower Post, BC V0C 1W0
Phone: 250.779.3181 | Fax: 250.779.3020