- Some trails here
are suitable for mountain biking. Other trails are good with
rental is available during peak season in the Elkwater Lake
Elkwater Lake (located adjacent to Elkwater
- Largest body of water in the park (4 kilometres long, 3
kilometres wide, maximum depth of 10 metres)
- All types of boats allowed - including motorized boats, jet
skis, paddle boats, sail boats, canoes
- Suitable for water-skiing and wind surfing
- Boat rental open
during peak season in Elkwater Lake area
- Marina stalls available
for rent on Elkwater Lake
Reesor Lake & Spruce Coulee
Reservoir (located 10 km east of Elkwater)
- Only non-motorized boats allowed
- Excellent choices for canoeing or paddling
- Boat launches at both Reesor Lake & Spruce Coulee
- Elkwater Lake has naturally occurring perch and pike.
- Reesor Lake and Spruce Coulee Reservoir are stocked annually -
rainbow trout in Reesor Lake and brook trout in Spruce Coulee
- Michelle Reservoir and Bullshead Reservoir (located 20 minutes
from Elkwater Lake) are other popular fishing areas.
- Check the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations for
details on regulations and restrictions.
- Fishing licenses can be purchased at the Elkwater Service
- More than 50 kilometres of trails, ranging from natural to paved to
- Trail guide available online or at the Visitor Centre
- Horseback riding is allowed within Cypress Hills
Interprovincial Park-Alberta with a permit from the Park Administration
- The West Block in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park-Saskatchewan
offers an equestrian campground and trail system.
- Historic Reesor Ranch offers "Cowboy
Comfort with Atmosphere and Western Hospitality".
Horse-related activities include two-hour horseback riding
excursions, buggy rides, and wagon rides. Day visitors are
welcome but must book in advance at 306-662-3498.
- Off-highway vehicles are NOT
ALLOWED in the park. This includes
snowmobiles, dirt bikes and 3-wheelers.
Sightseeing by Vehicle
- Visit the highest point in the Cypress Hills for spectacular
views on the west driving route.
- The east driving route is a 60-kilometre loop. You can continue
to Fort Walsh National Historic Site on the
Saskatchewan side of the interprovincial park.
- Driving Routes Map
- Large designated swimming and beach area
- Unsupervised beach - Swim at your own risk!
- Spring-fed lake, clean and very refreshing
No beaches Reesor Lake or Spruce Coulee Reservoir -
swimming NOT recommended
- Water skiing popular on Elkwater Lake
- Launch from the West-End Day Use area
- Area located approximately 1.5 kilometers from the main
NO motorized boats or water skiing at Reesor Lake or
Spruce Coulee Reservoir