Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report

Updated: July 29, 2019 | Print Report
Updated: July 29, 2019 | Print Report
Office: 780-922-3293 / 780-922-3287
Emergencies: 911 or 780-644-3880
Winter Trails | Live Grooming Trail Report

Waskehegan Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • NO THROUGH ACCESS on GROSS TRAIL - IMPASSABLE AREAS because of water and beaver damage to trail
  • 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 frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Good
Horse Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • Trail closures in effect for some Equestrian Trails - see below!!
  • TRAIL CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS:  WAPITI (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Junction, IMPASSABLE because of water and beaver damage to trail - dangerous footing for horses - culverts cannot be seen under the water - Trail is washed out - KEEP OUT.
  • TRAIL CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS: Closed from Boundary Trail to First Bridge on Blackfoot Trail - Bridge is under water
  • TRAIL HAZARD:
    • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction is under water with a shallow beaver trench.
  • 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.
Fair

Blackfoot Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • 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.
Good
Fat Bike Skate Ski Dog Sled & Horse Trails
  • This sector is CLOSED TO HORSES from Dec 1st to April 1st annually.
  • Trails are wet in most areas with water in some areas.
  • 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, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Good

Central Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS: Beaver Trail - Closed from Staging Area to Tie-In / Wapiti Intersections  
  • 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.
Good
Horse Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS:
    • 1) WAPITI (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Intersections  - IMPASSABLE - water and beaver damage to trail - dangerous footing for horses - culverts cannot be seen under frozen water - Trail is washed out - KEEP OUT
  • TRAIL HAZARD:
    • East of Wapiti trail & West of Round Up trail near the middle on Central Alleyway a over the trail and some beaver activity.
    • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction is under water with a shallow beaver trench.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • 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.
Fair

Islet Lake Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • 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.
  • Water levels are Good.
  • No motorize water crafts in Cooking Lake / Blackfoot PRA. (Muscular Power Only)
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Good

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.