Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks


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  • Closure - Trail Closures in Effect

      July 1, 2020

      The majority of trails in the park are inaccessible due to heavy rains and flooding. Trails are not currently being maintained as access is highly limited.  Check trail report.


      The following trails, or sections of trail are closed due to flooding, trail damage and beaver activity.  Some sections are impassable and bridges may be damaged or compromised. Please use alternate routes.

      • Wapiti trail (from Blackfoot trail to Running Dog trail)
      • Spring trail (from Faraway to Herron Hollow)
      • Grouse trail
      • Detour trail
      • Don's Way trail 
      • the northwest section of Blackfoot trail (JJ Trail) 
      • Lost Lake trail (from Meadow shelter to Arrowhead Lake)
      • Tie-In trail


  • Closure - Blackfoot Staging Area

      July 1, 2020

      Lamont County has restricted traffic along the main access road - range road 195 - from HWY 16 south to Blackfoot Staging Area to LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY.

      • The purpose of the restriction is to reduce further damage to Range Road 195 due to the ongoing wet conditions.
      • No other vehicle are to utilize the road
      • The restriction will be in place until further notice
      • Until the restriction is lifted, the Blackfoot Staging Area will not be accessible.

      Trails can be accessed at the Waskahegan Staging Area. Central Alleyway is recommended for equestrian users.  Check trail conditions before heading out.

  • Blue-Green Algae - Islet Lake

      June 26, 2020

      • A blue-green algae bloom has been identified in areas of Cooking Lake-Blackfoot.  
      • General precautions
        • Avoid all contact with blue green algae blooms.  If contact occurs, wash with tap water ASAP.
        • Do not swim or wade in any areas where blue-green algae is visable.  
        • Do not allow your pets to swim or wade in these areas or to eat fish or fish trimmings from the lake.
        • Consider limiting human consumption of fish from the lake.
      • For detailed information, go to Alberta Health Services Blue Green Algae Health Advisories.  Please refer to the specific advisory for this lake.
      • Blue-green algae bloom advisories are issued and rescinded by Alberta Health Services.  Typically, advisories are lifted in late autumn, when water temperatures are so cool that blue green algae growth is no longer supported. 

Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories