Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report 2019

Updated: January 31, 2020 | Print Report
Updated: January 31, 2020 | Print Report
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Winter Trails | Live Grooming Trail Report

Snowfall

Last 24 Hours 0 cm
Last 72 Hours 0 cm
Accumulation 25 cm
Aprox.Base 10 cm

Waskehegan Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski

All trails Track Set to Islet Lake Staging Area and back as of Jan 30th.

WARNING / PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • 3.5 km up Lost Lake trail there is a frozen water flowing over the trail. BE VERY CAUTIOUS. 
  • Grouse Trail - CAUTION AREAS because of frozen flooding water, beaver trenches and damage to the trail.
  • Section of Don's Way Trail along the 7 foot fence is under frozen water with beaver trench present and a exposed culvert.
  •  Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has a shallow frozen beaver trench.

Information:

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Very Good
Horse Trails

Trails are open but has snow cover.

  • TRAILS CLOSED or NO THROUGH ACCESS:  
    • Wapiti Trail (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Junction, dangerous footing for horses - culverts cannot be seen under the water - Trail is washed out in two areas - KEEP OUT.
    • Blackfoot Trail / JJ (coming from Waskehegan staging area) - Beaver trench and flooding across trail directly west of bridge and bridge is washout also along north ungulate fence line.

Information:

  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Fair
Snowmobiling
  • 30 cm base of snow required to open up for snowmobiling.
Closed
Skating Rink Closed

Blackfoot Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski

All trails are open and has snow cover on them except for the Ski trails for the Birkie has been track set as of Jan 30th.

 Information:

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity. 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Good
Fat Bike Skate Ski Dog Sled & Horse Trails

All trails are open with snow cover on them.

Information:

  • This sector is CLOSED TO HORSES from Dec 1st to April 1st annually.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity - dismount
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Fair

Central Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski Trails

All trails are open and has snow cover on them except for the Ski Trails for the Birkie has been track set as of Jan 30th.

TRAILS CLOSED / NO THROUGH ACCESS:

  • Wapiti Trail (very north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Intersections has two washouts

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • East of Wapiti trail & West of Round Up trail near the middle on Central Alleyway. Some beaver activity.
  • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has a shallow frozen beaver trench.

Information:

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity. 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Good
Horse Trails

TEMPORARY CLOSURE:

  • WAPITI and ROUND UP trails closed to equestrian use between January 27th to February 10th in order to preserve snow and prepare for the Canadian Birkienbeiner Ski Festival.  Horses may still access NUL East and West, as well as trails from Waskehegan Staging Area.

TRAILS CLOSED / NO THROUGH ACCESS:

  • Wapiti Trail (the very north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Intersections  - IMPASSABLE - dangerous footing for horses - culverts cannot be seen under frozen water - Trail is washed out in two areas - KEEP OUT

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

  • East of Wapiti trail & West of Round Up trail near the middle on Central Alleyway. Some beaver activity.
  • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has a shallow beaver trench.

Information:

  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, frozen flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard.
Partially Closed
Snowmobiling Good Closed

Islet Lake Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
X-Country Ski Trails

All trails Track Set to Waskehegan Staging Area and back as of Jan 30th.

Information:

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Watch for beaver trenches in areas of the trails that have been flooded as a result of beaver activity. 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Lake is CLOSED (Frozen Over) for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boards & etc.  No motorized water crafts in Cooking Lake / Blackfoot PRA. (Muscular Power Only)
  • Water levels are Good.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Moderate Fire Hazard
Very Good

Note: All dogs must remain leashed while within the Cooking Lake – Blackfoot, Wildlife, Grazing, Provincial Recreation Area and dogs are not allowed on the track set trails. Thank you.