Thorhild Provincial Grazing Reserve


Established: 1969
Area: 16,954 acres (6,861.0 hectares)
Terrain: Gently rolling to moderately rolling slopes, with several strong slopes present
Vegetation: Tame pastures and deciduous upland forests
Region: Low-boreal mixedwood forest ecosystem
Nearby municipalities: 17.7 km east of Newbrook
Water bodies: Long Lake, , Lucky Lake, Saturday Lake, White Earth Creek
Livestock management: Thorhild Grazing Association
(privatized April 1, 1999)

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

Maintains all fence lines, dugouts, one corral system and the buildings at the headquarters.

Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October
Cattle: Approximately 1301 cow-calf pairs, 67 yearlings and 35 bulls in an average year
Wildlife and game: Deer
Upland Game Birds
Recreational activities:
Industrial activities: Berry picking
Bird watching
Mushroom picking

The Thorhild Provincial Grazing Reserve is made up of marginal agricultural land, with soil that is grey wooded and rocky. The few homesteads that had been established in the area went back to the county because farmers found the growing season too short and the soil unsuitable for annual cropping. The reserve can, however, provide productive pasture on these marginal lands. Of the 16,954 total acres on the reserve (6,861.0 hectares), 9,335 acres (3,777.7 hectares) have been developed as tame pastures.

There is a large portion of the reserve that is not used for grazing. A number of environmentally sensitive areas were left as habitat and to protect the watershed. The area between the west boundary of the reserve and Long Lake Provincial Park is held under the Ministerial Order to protect the steep slopes of Long Lake and White Earth Creek. It has been designated as the White Earth Natural Area.

For more information on grazing cattle on the Thorhild Provincial Grazing Reserve, contact

  • Public Lands Office in 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 Thorhild 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.

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 17, 2015