Hand Hills Ecological Reserve

Alberta Parks

Information & Facilities

Information: 403-742-7516
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Park Management

Classification Ecological Reserve
Legislation Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
Park Size 5,507.80 Acres / 2,229.02 Ha
Legal Boundary O.C. 38/88
Administration / Information 403-742-7516
Regional Office Central Regional Office
District Wainwright
Natural Region Grassland - Northern Fescue
Natural Region Description

This site is situated on the lower south slopes of the Hand Hills upland. Elevations range from 815 to 970 metres above sea level. Threatened ferruginous hawks and prairie long-tailed weasels occur here and the endangered piping plover nests along Little Fish Lake on the edge of the reserve. Vegetation includes porcupine grass, June grass, spear grass and northern wheat grass on lightly grazed areas. Blue gamma grass and low sedge grow on more heavily grazed sites.

Land Use Framework Region Red Deer
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Updated: Jul 25, 2022