Smoky Lake

Established: 1971
Area: 13,334 acres (5,396.1 hectares)
Terrain: Gently rolling to moderately rolling slopes with several strong slopes
Vegetation: Tame pasture, treed upland areas and open peatlands
Region: Low-boreal mixedwood forest
Nearby municipalities: 11.2 km northwest of Bellis
Water bodies: Iron Lake, Edwand Creek
Livestock management: Bellis Grazing Association
(privatized April 1, 1997)
Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October

Looks after the livestock and maintains the tame pastures in good productive condition.

Maintains fence lines, dugouts, water wells and two corral systems and ensures that they are in good working condition.

Cattle: Approximately 825 cow-calf pairs, 580 yearlings and 50 bulls in an average year
Wildlife and game: Deer
Upland game birds
Recreational activities: Berry picking
Bird watching
Mushroom picking
Industrial activities: Oil and gas

The reserve started operating in 1971. It’s unique in that is has been developed as two separate parcels. The north parcel contains 9,096.2 acres (3,681.1 hectares). The south parcel contains 4,237.9 acres (1,715.0 hectares). The reserve has a total area of 13,334 acres (5,396.1 hectares) of which 8,742 acres is developed, tame pasture. Since the reserve has two distinct parcels, two corral systems were required.

The Bellis Grazing Association was one of the first associations in the province to choose to privatize and manage its own livestock operations under a renewable grazing management agreement with the province. As of April 1, 1997, the association is now responsible for looking after the livestock, and maintaining the production of the tame pastures. The association is also responsible to maintain fence lines, dugouts, water wells and two corral systems in good, working condition.

For more information on grazing cattle on the Smoky Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve, contact:

  • Public Lands Office, St. Paul, Alberta
    Phone: (780) 645-6336

Provincial Grazing Reserves are popular recreational sites for the general public. Following is a list of conditions that need to be adhered to when recreating on the Smoky Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve.

Regulatory Conditions of Recreational Access

Under Sections 9(3) and 9(4) of the Recreational Access Regulation, recreational users must:

  • Not litter;
  • Have direct control of any animal brought onto the agricultural disposition land;
  • Not park vehicles so that they block an approach to land;
  • Not enter or use any building or improvement on the disposition;
  • Not cause any damage to the agricultural disposition land or the property of the disposition holder;
  • Leave gates and other property as they were found;
  • Comply with an applicable recreational management plan, if any; and
  • Comply with the restrictions, prohibitions, terms and conditions, if any, imposed by the Local Settlement Officer, or Director.

For more information, see:

Specific Access Conditions for this Disposition

  • LSO conditions – Foot access for recreational purposes is allowed during the grazing season (May 1 to October 31) only in pastures not occupied by livestock.
  • LSO conditions – No access is allowed to pastures where livestock are present.
  • LSO conditions – From November 1 to April 30, motorized vehicles are allowed on developed roads only.
  • LSO condition – Organized recreational groups must obtain a Letter of Authority from the Grazing Reserve office.


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Updated: Sep 3, 2015