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A recreation area is a type of protected area designated in some jurisdictions.
In the province of British Columbia, recreation areas are lands set aside for recreational use. These lands are also being evaluated to determine whether the area should be "upgraded" to full protected area status, or returned to integrated resource management lands.
In U.S. state park systems, recreation areas may also fail to meet some criteria to be designated state parks, such as having multiple non-contiguous properties. Size is not necessarily a defining criterion. For instance, in Michigan, the largest state recreation area, Waterloo Recreation Area is 20,500-acre (83 km2) while the smallest state park is the 31-acre (0.13 km2) Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor.
- Environment, Ministry of. "About BC Parks - BC Parks - Province of British Columbia". bcparks.ca. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
- "What's In a Name? Discover National Park System Designations (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
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