Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report 2020

Updated: May 27, 2020 | Print Report
Updated: May 27, 2020 | Print Report
Office: 780-922-3293 / 780-922-3287
Emergencies: 911 or 780-644-3880
Winter Trails
Day Use is permitted. Outhouse facilities are open where feasible - be prepared with your own hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Campgrounds open, starting June 1 at 50% capacity. Second RV units will not be permitted on campsites. We are monitoring our actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will adjust as needed.

Waskehegan Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails

Trails & Staging Areas are Open

CLOSURE / WARNING:

The Shelters are still Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19: This includes the 6 Backcountry Shelters, the Park Office and the Visitor Center. Thank you for the help of not spreading the COVID-19 virus.

WARNING / PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • 3.5 km up Lost Lake trail there is water flowing over the trail. BE VERY CAUTIOUS. 
  • Grouse Trail - CAUTION AREAS because of flooding water, beaver trenches through the trail and damage to the trail.
  • Section of Don's Way Trail along the 7 foot fence is under water with beaver trench present and a exposed culvert.
  •  Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has a shallow beaver trench and some flooding.

Information:

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Open
Horse Trails

Trails & Staging Areas are Open

CLOSURE / WARNING:

The Shelters are still Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19: This includes the 6 Backcountry Shelters, the Park Office and the Visitor Center. Thank you for the help of not spreading the COVID-19 virus.

  • TRAILS CLOSED or NO THROUGH ACCESS:  
    • Wapiti Trail (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Junction, dangerous footing for horses, culverts cannot be seen under the flooded water - Trail is washed out in two areas - KEEP OUT.
    • Blackfoot Trail and JJ (coming from Waskehegan staging area) - Beaver trench and flooding across trail directly west of bridge and bridge is washout also.

Information:

  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Open

Blackfoot Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails

Trails & Staging Areas are Open

CLOSURE / WARNING:

The Shelters are still Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19: This includes the 6 Backcountry Shelters, the Park Office and the Visitor Center. Thank you for the help of not spreading the COVID-19 virus.

 Information:

  • Be prepared for some flooded areas and down trees on the trails.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity. 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Open
Fat Bike Skate Ski Dog Sled & Horse Trails

Trails & Staging Areas are Open

CLOSURE / WARNING:

The Shelters are still Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19: This includes the 6 Backcountry Shelters, the Park Office and the Visitor Center. Thank you for the help of not spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Information:

  • This sector is CLOSED TO HORSES from Dec 1st to April 1st annually.
  • Be prepared for some flooded areas and down trees on the trails.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity - dismount
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Open

Central Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails

Trails & Staging Areas are Open

CLOSURE / WARNING:

The Shelters are still Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19: This includes the 6 Backcountry Shelters, the Park Office and the Visitor Center. Thank you for the help of not spreading the COVID-19 virus.

TRAILS CLOSED / NO THROUGH ACCESS:

  • Wapiti Trail (very north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Intersections has two washouts

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • East of Wapiti trail & West of Round Up trail near the middle on Central Alleyway. Some beaver activity.
  • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has a shallow frozen beaver trench.

Information:

  • Be prepared for some flooded areas and down trees on the trails.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity. 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Open
Horse Trails

Trails & Staging Areas are Open

CLOSURE / WARNING:

The Shelters are still Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19: This includes the 6 Backcountry Shelters, the Park Office and the Visitor Center. Thank you for the help of not spreading the COVID-19 virus.

TRAILS CLOSED / NO THROUGH ACCESS:

  • Wapiti Trail (the very north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Intersections - IMPASSABLE - dangerous footing for horses - culverts cannot be seen under the water - Trail is washed out in two areas - KEEP OUT

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • East of Wapiti trail & West of Round Up trail near the middle on Central Alleyway. Some beaver activity.
  • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has a shallow beaver trench and some flooding.

Information:

  • Be prepared for some flooded areas and down trees on the trails.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, frozen flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Open

Islet Lake Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails

Trails & Staging Areas are Open

CLOSURE / WARNING:

The Shelters are still Closed to the Public due to the COVID-19: This includes the 6 Backcountry Shelters, the Park Office and the Visitor Center. Thank you for the help of not spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Information:

  • Be prepared for some flooded areas and down trees on the trails.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity. 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Lake is Open for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boards & etc.  No motorized water crafts in Cooking Lake / Blackfoot PRA. (Muscular Power Only)
  • Water levels are Good.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Open

Note: All dogs must remain leashed while within the Cooking Lake – Blackfoot, Wildlife, Grazing, Provincial Recreation Area and dogs are not allowed on the track set trails. Thank you.