Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report

Updated: January 13, 2020 | Print Report
Updated: January 13, 2020 | Print Report
Office: 780-922-3293 / 780-922-3287
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Winter Trails | Live Grooming Trail Report

Snowfall

Last 24 Hours 0 cm
Last 72 Hours 0 cm
Accumulation 20 cm
Aprox.Base 8 cm

Waskehegan Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski

Trails are open and in GOOD condition. Winter trail NOT track set.

Warning: 3.5 km up Lost Lake trail there is water flowing over the trail. Be cautious.

Trails Track Set to Islet Lake Staging Area and back on January 10th. Expect some wind blown snow and or tree litter on the trails with exfoliated bits and pieces. 

NO THROUGH ACCESS and TRAILS CLOSED:

  • Wapiti Trail (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Junction - Trail is washed out in two areas
  • JJ Trail and Blackfoot Trail in north west corner (coming from Waskehegan staging area) Beaver trench and flooding across trail directly west of bridge and bridge is washout also along north ungulate fence line.
  • Grouse Trail - IMPASSABLE AREAS because of flooding water, beaver trenches and damage to the trail.
  • PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
    • section of Don's Way Trail along the 7 foot fence is under frozen water with beaver trench present and a exposed culvert. 
    • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has a shallow beaver trench.
  • 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.
Good
Horse Trails

Trails are open and groomed on January 9th.

  • 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 water - Trail is washed out in two areas - KEEP OUT.
    • Blackfoot Trail (coming from Waskehegan staging area) - Beaver trench and flooding across trail directly west of bridge and bridge is washout also along north ungulate fence line.
  • 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.
Good
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 with GOOD conditions.  All ski trails were double track set on January 9th.  All other trails are groomed only.

  • 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

All trails are open with Trails groomed on January 9th.

  • This sector is CLOSED TO HORSES from Dec 1st to April 1st annually.
  • 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
Good

Central Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski Trails

Trails are open with GOOD condition.  Ski trails were track set on January 10th.  All other trails have been groomed only. 

  • TRAILS CLOSED / NO THROUGH ACCESS:
    • Wapiti Trail (very north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Intersections 
  • 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.
  • 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

All trails are open and groomed on Jan 10th.

  • 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 frozen 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.
  • 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.
Good
Snowmobiling Good Closed

Islet Lake Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski Trails

All trails are open and in VERY GOOD condition. Ski trails were track set January 10th. Winter trail and Moose Link were NOT track set. Expect some wind littering the trails with exfoliated bits and pieces. 

  • 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 CLOSED (Frozen Over) 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
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.