Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks


Read our COVID-19 guidelines by clicking this banner before visiting one of our parks. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and this page is updated as adjustments are made.
  • Dog Walking

    Effective:  January 26, 2021

      Looking to go for a walk with your pup?  Here are some things to know.

      • Dogs must be on leash at all times - for the safety of your furry friend and the wildlife in the area, as well as other trail users. 
      • Dogs, bikes, and snowshoes are not permitted on winter trails that have two sets of ski tracks. This reduces accidents between skiers and other users, surprised dogs and damage to ski  tracks or heavily impacted trail surface that may endanger the skiers themselves.
      • You can walk with your dog at the following locations:
        • Waskehegan Staging Area - Along fence lines, Central alleyway, Blackfoot Trail
        • Blackfoot Staging Area - All trails (please keep off single sets of ski tracks on certain track-set trails
        • Central Staging Area - Along fence lines, N.U.L road, Central Alleyway, Round Up and Wapiti Trail (Wapiti is partially closed)
        • Islet Lake Staging Area - No trails

  • Closure - Trail Closures in Effect

    Effective:  January 18, 2021

      Many trails are wet and have damage due to flooding. Some of these 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 Heron Hollow)
      • Detour trail
      • the northwest section of Blackfoot trail (JJ Trail) 
      • Tie-In trail
      • Lost Lake between Meadow and Grouse


  • Partial Closure - Blackfoot Staging Area - restricted access

    Effective:  January 4, 2021

      Lamont County has restricted traffic along the main access road - range road 195 - from HWY 16 south to Blackfoot Staging Area. County ban information can be found HERE.
      The staging area will remain open for access and use but will be closed to heavy truck and trailer access.
      • A 50% weight restriction has been placed on the road. This means smaller passenger vehicles are permitted, however heavy trucks & horse trailers are not permitted on RGE RD 195.
      • The purpose of the restriction is to reduce further damage to the road
      • The restriction will be in place until further notice - watch for county signage
      • It is recommended that trails from Central or Waskehegan Staging Areas be used for equestrian recreation

      Check trail conditions before heading out.


      ADDITIONALLY - This staging area is seasonally closed to ALL EQUESTRIAN use between December 1 and March 31 annually.

  • All shelters closed

    Effective:  December 22, 2020

      • All backcountry and front country warming shelters are now closed to the public. 
        • Shelters are unlocked for emergency purposes ONLY

Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories