In Gårdliden there is a mixture of pine forest, spruce forest, lakes and mires. Lidtjärnen is a good fishing water. The area is 1.2 square kilometres in size.
Gårdliden lies north of Storsund and Lake Gammelträsket, about 14 kilometres southwest of Älvsbyn. The reserve can be reached from several directions. From road 94 west of Älvsbyn turn southwards in Vistträsk towards Södra Vistträsk. Keep heading south and pass Storbacka where you take a southward turn towards Storsund. The third turning to the west (the logging road Rackeltjärnsvägen) continues to the reserve. The road is quite overgrown (august 2021).