Wolf Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve

Wolf Lake

Established: 1979
Area: 29,447 acres (11,916.8 hectares)
Terrain: Gently and moderately rolling slopes, with a few strong slopes
Vegetation: Developed tame pastures intermixed with deciduous upland forests
Region: Low-boreal mixed wood forest ecosystem
Nearby municipalities: 41.6 km north of Bonnyville
Water bodies: Marguerite Lake, Osborne Creek
Livestock management: Wolf Lake Grazing Association
(privatized April 1, 1998)

Looks after the livestock and ensures the continued productivity of the developed tame pastures.

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

Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October
Cattle: Approximately 1972 cow-calf pairs, 190 yearlings and 57 bulls in an average year
Wildlife and game: Deer
Upland game birds
Recreational activities: Berry picking
Bird watching
Mushroom picking
Industrial activities: Heavy oil production

Development of the Wolf Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve began in 1979. The reserve consists of poor quality farmland and public land which had to be cleared. The reserve has a total area of 29,447 acres (11,916.8 hectares) of which 13,750 acres (5,564.4 hectares) have been developed as tame pastures.

Wolf Lake was one of the first reserves to have a development plan prepared before any actual development took place. The plan required the setting aside of large areas of the reserve for watershed protection and wildlife habitat. Much of the reserve is not fenced, unlike reserves developed earlier: only the actual developed pastures are fenced. The requirement to provide this multiple-use aspect resulted in the construction of miles of fence and numerous dugouts. These would not have normally been required under the previous development system.

For more information on grazing cattle on the Wolf 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 Wolf 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.

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