Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks


  • Closure - Trail Closures in Effect

      August 21, 2019

      Beaver trail, Grouse trail, the north section of Wapiti trail, and a northwest section of Blackfoot trail are closed to any and all access.  The trails are impassible due to flooding, beaver activity and damaged bridges.

      Be aware of beaver trenches under water-logged areas across trails.  Lost Lake Trail (near Detour trail junction) and Don's Way are two such trails.

  • Blackfoot Lake Staging Area conditions

      August 1, 2019

      Due to heavy rains, mowing of trails at Blackfoot Staging Area has been delayed.

      • proceed with caution on all trails from staging area, including Whitetail, Blackfoot, Buck, Muskrat, etc.
      • grass can be very tall along trails and may disguise tripping hazards and wet areas.  

    Affected Areas
  • Flooded trail Conditions

      July 25, 2019

      Due to heavy, prolonged rainfall and beaver activity a number of sections of back country trails are flooded.

      • portions of some trails may be impassible
      • sections of trails are closed to public use - please watch for closure signs
      • dismount horses and bicycles prior to attempting to cross any waterlogged areas.  Beavers often create deep trenches across the trail that can be hard to see underwater
      • flooding may occur at any moment, please be cautious 

    Affected Areas
      Multiple Trails in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot PRA
  • Blue-Green Algae - Islet Lake

      July 17, 2019

      Please be advised that a Blue-Green Algal (Cyanobacterial) Bloom Advisory will be issued for Islet Lake, located in Beaver County (Central Zone).

      Public Health Advisory signs and Public Blue-Green Algal (Cyanobacterial) Bloom Information signs will be posted at all public beaches and at other public areas.

       Please see the Alberta Health Services website for the official advisory that will go up shortly.

       Specific questions regarding consumption of fish from lakes experiencing cyanobacterial blooms can be directed to Dr. Weiping Zhang at Alberta Health (

      For answers to general health-related questions, the public can be directed to contact the nearest public health office or Health Link Alberta:

      Edmonton Main Office 780-735-1800

      Calgary Mail Office: 780-943-2295

      Lethbridge Main Office: 780-388-6689

      Grande Prairie Main Office: 780-513-7517

      Red Deer Main Office: 403-356-6366

      Health Link Alberta: 811

Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories