Other Recreational Activities
- The park is home to more than 200 species of birds.
- Two pairs of nesting trumpeter swans, the largest and rarest swan species in the world, reside in this area. If you come across the swans or their nesting sites, please do not disturb them.
- There is a great blue heron colony on Blackfoot Lake.
Canoeing / Kayaking
- Canoeing and kayaking is allowed on Islet Lake. NO power boats are permitted.
Hiking / Trail Running
- Horseback riding is permitted
- On designated equestrian trails and alleyways (more than 85 kilometres). Note that snowmobiles are also permitted on Central Alleyway Trail from Waskehagan Staging Area to the winter shelter.
- On most of the resource roads in the eastern half of Cooking Lake-Blackfoot (some of these are narrow roads across open pastures)
- In designated pastures. Signs at pasture gates indicate if that pasture is available for riding ("open"/"closed").
- Equestrian trails are accessible from Waskehegan, Central and Blackfoot Lake Staging Areas. These areas are equipped with loading ramps and hitching posts. There is NO equestrian access from Islet Lake Staging Area.
- Equestrian trails that originate from Blackfoot Staging Area are closed to equestrian use from December 1 until March 31. In winter, these trails are track set for cross-country skiing.
- Round Up, Wapiti and Winter (north) Trails are shared equestrian and cross-country skiing. They are normally set with one track. During the first two weeks of February, the trails are set with two tracks for the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival and are closed to equestrian use.
- Several charity fundraising rides are held at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot.
- Check our hunting section for details.
- Recreational hunting takes place from the beginning of September to the end of December each year. Hunting by Treaty Indians may occur at any time. For more information, please contact 780-922-3293.
- Mountain bikes are NOT permitted on equestrian trails.
- Biking is permitted on all hiking trails and roads.
- Common species seen in the park include beaver, coyote, deer (mule and whitetail), elk, foxes, moose, muskrat, red squirrels, skunk and weasels.
- Bear, cougar, lynx and wolf are also occasionally seen in the park.
- NO CAMPING ALLOWED. Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area is day use only.
- The site is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- The exception to the "day use only" rule is overnight camping by organized youth or educational groups at Group Use Areas.
- NO ATV USE. There are no All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riding opportunities in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot. Snowmobiling is the only off highway vehicle activity permitted - in designated areas only.
- NO DOGS ALLOWED ON TRACK SET TRAILS.
Updated: Jun 28, 2017