Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


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  • Construction Closure - Hoodoo and Battlescene Trails

      September 15, 2020

      Hoodoo and Battlescene Trails will be closed starting after October 12, 2020

  • Water Advisory - River Recreation on the Milk River

      May 22, 2020

      On May 17th 2020, a catastrophic failure of the St. Mary Canal occurred in the state of Montana, USA, upstream of Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Normally, this canal diverts water into the Milk River in spring and summer and provides higher flows through Alberta. Due to this failure, the Milk River will solely be reliant on natural flows resulting in greatly reduced water volume compared to other years. At this time, the duration of the canal shutdown is unknown.

      River levels are now insufficient for canoeing and kayaking. For up-to-date information on conditions, please visit: https://rivers.alberta.ca.

      Also due to the reduced flows, the concentration of thermo-tolerant fecal coliforms are expected to increase within the river, especially as summer temperatures rise. Beach water sampling will not be occurring this year due to Alberta Health Services reduced testing capacity related to COVID-19. All use of the river for swimming or tubing is at an individual’s own risk.

      Visitors who choose to swim or recreate on the river should note the following:

      • The public beach at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park remains open, but physical distancing and other COVID-19 health requirements must be adhered to.
      • Use the shower, located at the beach parking lot, to rinse off after exiting the river.
      • If you have open sores or sensitive skin we suggest not to swim in the river at this time.
      • If you are travelling with small children who may be inclined to swallow the river water or put their heads under, keep them away from the water and watch them closely. Potential side effects could include:
        • Skin, eye and ear infections if you come in contact with the water
        • Vomiting and diarrhea if the water is consumed

      If you have questions please call: 403-647-2364 ext 0

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