Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report

Updated: October 31, 2019 | Print Report
Updated: October 31, 2019 | Print Report
Office: 780-922-3293 / 780-922-3287
Emergencies: 911 or 780-644-3880
Winter Trails | Live Grooming Trail Report

Waskehegan Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails

Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.

  • NO THROUGH ACCESS on:
    • GROSS TRAIL - IMPASSABLE AREAS because of water and beaver trenches & damage to trail
    • BLACKFOOT TRAIL (coming from Waskehegan staging area) - Beaver trench and flooding across trail directly west of bridge along north fenceline
  • PROCEED WITH CAUTION on:
    • Lost Lake Trail (3 different areas). Beavers may have trenched under the water (third water hole from Waskehegan staging area has a beaver trench under the water)
    • section of Don's Way Trail along the 7 foot fence under water with beaver trench present. 
    • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction is under water with a shallow beaver trench.
  • TRAIL CLOSED: 
    • Wapiti (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Junction
    • Boundary and Blackfoot trails in north west corner
    • Grouse Trail
  • 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.
Wet
Horse Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • Trail closures in effect for some Equestrian Trails - see below!!
  • TRAIL CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS:  
    • Wapiti (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 - KEEP OUT.
  • 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

Blackfoot Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails
  • 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.
Wet
Fat Bike Skate Ski Dog Sled & Horse Trails
  • 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
Good

Central Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • TRAIL CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS:
    • Beaver Trail - Closed from Staging Area to Tie-In / Wapiti Intersections  
    • Wapiti (north end) - Closed from Blackfoot Trail to Running Dog Intersections 
  • PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
    • East of Wapiti trail & West of Round Up trail near the middle on Central Alleyway. Water over the trail and some beaver activity.
    • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction is under water with a shallow beaver trench.
  • 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.
Wet
Horse Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • TRAIL CLOSED - NO THROUGH ACCESS:
    • Wapiti (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 - KEEP OUT
  • PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
    • East of Wapiti trail & West of Round Up trail near the middle on Central Alleyway. Water over the trail and some beaver activity.
    • Central Alleyway and Winter Junction is under water with a shallow beaver trench.
  • 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.
Fair

Islet Lake Staging Area | Directions

Trails Conditions
Hiking &
Cycling Trails
  • Trails are wet in most areas with muddy areas or water in some areas.
  • 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 OPEN 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
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.