There are hunting opportunities on more than 85 percent of the land base in Alberta’s Parks system. Hunting is permitted in all Wildland Provincial Parks and some Provincial Parks and Provincial Recreation Areas.
Hunting is a supported activity in Alberta Parks because of its alignment with preserving natural heritage, including traditional land use, providing exceptional recreation opportunities, providing tools for wildlife management, and getting people outside and connecting with nature.
Alberta Parks are enjoyed by a wide range of recreational users year-round and in Provincial Parks and Provincial Recreation Areas, where hunting is allowed, Firearm Discharge Permits are required to address public safety and wildlife management issues as well as to protect sensitive areas and species.
Redwater is designated as a Provincial Recreation Area and is managed by the Parks Operations Division of Alberta Environment and Parks. It is located in central Alberta near Redwater and is a valuable conservation area providing a space for recreational activities to occur.
Redwater Provincial Recreation Area is filled with wildlife representative of the Boreal Forest-Dry Mixedwood Subregion that it sits in.
Hikers, community groups, park employees, volunteers and hunters, as well as other recreationalists including OHV users or snowmobilers, are present at all times of year at Redwater Provincial Recreation Area. Private residences, farms and work sites that surround the Provincial Recreation Area are also occupied year round. Please be aware of their presence and take appropriate measures to ensure you are being safe and aware at all times.
Access into the park is by a variety of ways including vehicle, off-highway vehicle (OHV), horse or foot power. OHVs can be used inside the park, however usage must comply with all applicable regulations. Hunters may use OHVs to travel around the park, but OHVs (including snowmobiles) cannot be operated on roads unless where signs allow in Sturgeon County. Please check with Sturgeon Country for the most up to date information. OHVs and horses are to stay on established trails; please do not traverse off the trails or through the bush. Please be aware there may be adverse conditions that may make conditions poor (e.g. muddy or snowed in). On highway vehicles (like Jeeps and 4x4s) are NOT permitted on the established OHV trails. There are multi use trails are open to hunting.
Be prepared for weather changes including precipitation, unpredictable weather, and fluctuating temperature.
Be equipped with survival gear – matches, flashlight, warm clothes, compass, extra batteries, flagging tape, food, water. Carry bear spray and know how to use it
It is advised to carry flagging tape so you can mark your kill site (so you can find it again) and find your path back to your vehicle. Make sure all flagging is removed on your way out.
Be prepared to spend the night outdoors. Unpredictable precipitation and weather create a need for 4x4s in some areas and road conditions are subject to change. Weather can make travel hazardous and you might find yourself unable to travel with or without a vehicle.
Tell a friend or family member where you are going, how to contact you, what time you expect to return, and make sure they know who to contact if you are late and they are unable to contact you.
Hunters should use caution and be aware that there are many predators in the area including Black Bear, Gray Wolf and Coyote. Should it be necessary to leave your animal overnight, be sure to leave human scent around the carcass and drag the offal (organs) away from the carcass as these predators/scavengers will typically consume those parts first.
Not frequently expected in Redwater Provincial Recreation Area but if found, please report any ear tags to Conservation Officers upon discovery. Ear tags may be white with black numbers, or orange stating “DO NOT EAT” followed by a phone number. The “do not eat” tag is placed on animals that have been tranquilized; hunters must tag their animal and can still expect to salvage their harvest, but depending on when the animal was tranquilized, the hunter will find out whether the meat is safe to consume (or whether a replacement tag may be issued).
For deer hunters – WMU 250 has mandatory testing in effect. Deer heads should be submitted to the nearest Chronic Wasting Disease freezer drop off location, which is currently the north location of Cabela’s in Edmonton. Please refer to the website below for further details or alternate drop off sites. Please refer to Chronic Wasting Disease – Information for Hunters for further information.
For more information on Indigenous hunting and fishing in Alberta please refer to the webpage.
Redwater Provincial Recreation Area is close to the town of Redwater and the North Saskatchewan River. There are many active recreational users in the area. Please always be aware of your location.
Trails have directional arrows on which OHV users are expected follow. Go slow, and use caution on hills.