It is located on the upper course of the Chinchaga River, about 140 km west of Manning, in a remote area of north-western Alberta. The only road that provides access is the Chinchaga Forestry Road, a high grade gravel road running west from the Mackenzie Highway.
It was designated by the Alberta Government as a protected area in 2000, under the "Special Places" program. While the Special Places aim to protect the natural state of the area, other uses are permitted under provincial law. Concerns have been raised about oil and gas development in parts of this wilderness area.