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Information: May long weekend to Sept. long weekend 780-849-2111; Off Season 780-849-7100

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Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is located 28 km north of Slave Lake on Hwy. 88 and west on Twp. Rd. 752A.

This park is a landscape of contrasts. The southern end of the park consists of storm beaches, beach ridges and blowout dunes behind which are a series of marshes and wetlands. At the north end of the park the land rises abruptly from the lake for 450 metres to the summit of Marten Mountain.

Changes in moisture, temperature and drainage associated with the rise in elevation result in diverse forest habitats. Balsam poplar and patches of ostrich fern grow along stream courses. Balsam fir (near the western limit of its range) is common. White spruce is found on moist sites and lodgepole pine grows near the summit.

In 1993, the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory began a banding program to track global trends in neo-tropical songbirds. Boreal species are good indicators of the effects of climate change and pollutant loading in the atmosphere. It is one of Canada's northernmost bird observatories and is one of the only boreal forest bird observatories in the world.

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              Environmental Education
              Group Use
              Interpretive Program
              Wind Surfing

              Ice Fishing

            Note Permitted activities may vary within a park. Please confirm details with park staff.

            • Be Bear Smart: Download pamphlet PDF.
            • Birding: The Lesser Slave Lake region is a designated Important Bird Area. Up to 20% of the western population of tundra swans stop to feed on the lake. Reeds around the lake provide nesting habitat for a globally important western grebe population. The area has an incredible concentration and diversity of migrant songbirds, including yellow warbler, bay-breasted warbler and red-eyed vireo. A Songbird Festival is held in the park each spring.
            • Boating: There is no boat launch within the park due to the topography of the east end of Lesser Slave Lake and prevailing winds. Motor boats can be launched at the MD of Lesser Slave River boat launch, south of the park at Lesser Slave River.  There is no charge for boat launching and parking is available. 
            • Golfing: Gilwood Golf and Country Club is located in the park.
            • Trails: There are trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. In summer, some trails provide access to beach ridges and sand dunes.
            • Viewpoint: Marten Mountain Viewpoint overlooks Lesser Slave Lake, the largest auto-accessible lake in Alberta.
            • Winter Activities: Info
            • Nearby Attraction: North Shore Homestead has a museum and interpretive bison ranch tours.
            • Weddings: Please check Booking Your Wedding in Slave Lake District Provincial Parks.



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