Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Trail Report

Updated: December 07, 2018 | Print Report
Updated: December 07, 2018 | Print Report
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Winter Trails | Live Grooming Trail Report

Snowfall

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Accumulation 27 cm
Aprox.Base 4 cm

Waskehegan Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski
  • Trail conditions remain Fair to Good for winter conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • With recent conditions prevailing the trails have been Track Set to Islet & Back. Watch for very thin snow cover where the trees cover or over hang onto the trails.
  • Grouse Trail has some areas with flooding and beaver trenches across it and very rough in those areas - plan accordingly.  
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • For the safety of skiers and dogs, dogs are PROHIBITED from any trail that has ski tracks set.  Tracks can be damaged by dog traffic and waste left on tracks can be hazardous. Where permitted, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Fair
Horse Trails
  • Trail closures in effect for some Equestrian Trails - see below !!
  • CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS:
  • 1) WAPITI (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Junction - IMPASSABLE - water and beaver damage to trail - dangerous footing for horses - culverts cannot be seen under frozen water - Trail washed out - KEEP OUT.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • With recent conditions prevailing the trail conditions remain Fair with the trails tentatively to get machine packed starting Dec 6th.
  • 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
Snowmobiling
  • 30 cm base of snow required to open up for snowmobiling.
Closed
Skating Rink Closed

Blackfoot Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski
  • All trails are open: Trail conditions remain Fair for winter conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • With recent conditions prevailing the trail conditions remain fair with the trails tentatively to get machine packed starting Dec 6th.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, frozen flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • For the safety of skiers and dogs, DOGS are PROHIBITED from any trail that has ski tracks set. Tracks can be damaged by dog traffic and waste left on tracks can be hazardous.  Where permitted, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Fair
Fat Bike Skate Ski Dog Sled & Horse Trails
  • This sector is CLOSED TO HORSES from Dec 1st to April 1st annually.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • All trails are open: Trail conditions remain Fair for winter conditions.
  • With recent conditions prevailing the trail conditions remain fair with the trails tentatively to get machine packed starting Dec 6th.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, frozen flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • For the safety of skiers and dogs, dogs are PROHIBITED from any trail that has ski tracks set. Tracks can be damaged by dog traffic and waste left on tracks can be hazardous. Dogs are permitted on groomed trails only in this sector and dogs must be on a leash or harness at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Fair

Central Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski Trails
  • All trails are open: Trail conditions remain Fair for winter conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • With recent conditions prevailing the trail conditions remain fair with the trails tentatively to get machine packed starting Dec 5th.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, frozen flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • For the safety of skiers and dogs, dogs are PROHIBITED from any trail that has ski tracks set.  Tracks can be damaged by dog traffic and waste left on tracks can be hazardous. Where permitted, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Fair
Horse Trails
  • CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS:
  • 1) WAPITI (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to NUL Intersection/Running Dog Junction  - 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 shallow beaver trench over the trail and some beaver activity.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • With recent conditions prevailing the trail conditions remain fair with the trails tentatively to get machine packed starting Dec 5th.
  • 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
Snowmobiling Fair Closed

Islet Lake Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski Trails
  • All trails are open:  Trail conditions remain Poor to Fair for winter conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Due to trail maintenance some trails will have been traveled on with off highway vehicles. Tracks will be reset on December 14th.
  • With recent conditions prevailing the trails have been track set to Waskehegan and back. Watch for thin snow cover where the trees cover or over hang onto the trails.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, frozen flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Lake levels are Good
  • Lake is CLOSED for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boards & etc. (Lake is Frozen).
  • No motorize watercrafts in Cooking Lake / Blackfoot PRA. (Muscular Power Only)
  • For the safety of skiers and dogs, dogs are PROHIBITED from any trail that has ski tracks set. Tracks can be damaged by dog traffic and waste left on tracks can be hazardous. Where permitted, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Fair

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.