High Prairie Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1977
Area: 28,204 acres (30,300 hectares)
Terrain: Level and gently rolling
Region: Central mixedwood natural subregion
Nearby municipalities: 35 km northeast of High Prairie
Livestock management:

High Prairie Grazing Association

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

Maintains all fence lines, dugouts, corrals and the buildings located at the headquarters site.

Grazing season: Mid-May to Mid-October
Wildlife: Bears, wolves, moose, deer, elk, coyotes, birds
Industrial activities: Seismic, oil wells, pipelines, timber

The High Prairie Provincial Grazing Reserve was developed under a multiple use concept in which areas of bush were retained as wildlife habitat or left untouched for environmental reasons. Initial clearing of the 28,204 acre site took place in the winter of 1976-77. Today, there are 10,300 acres of developed tame pasture within this large block of land. The development has been confined to the western portion of the reserve due to a large muskeg located in the center of the area. Only the developed pastures are fenced. This leaves almost 20, 000 acres of land retained for other uses, including timber harvesting. The reserve is located in the central mixedwood natural subregion.

The history of the reserve dates back to the early 1970s, when cattlemen in the High Prairie area found it increasingly difficult to maintain or increase their cattle herds because of the high costs of buying and developing land. The government was asked to look into the possibility of establishing a grazing reserve in the area.

A site about 35 km northeast of High Prairie was chosen because of its central location to the main cattle area and accessibility on a good road. Another factor was the land, both level and gently rolling, was marginal and unsuitable for cereal crop production.

The reserve’s grazing season runs from approximately May 15 to October 15 each year. The grazing season is adjusted based on the production of forage obtained yearly. The reserve has experienced some problems with predation by wolves. It’s also a popular spot for bear hunting each spring.

Some seismic activity has taken place during the winter months and some wells have been drilled.

The High Prairie Grazing Association has a renewable management agreement in place. The association is required to maintain the productivity of the developed pastures and keep the fences, dugouts, corral system and the buildings located at the headquarters in good condition.

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 High Prairie 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:

  • No access is allowed into pastures where livestock are present but foot access is permitted in pastures without cattle.
  • Motorized vehicles are restricted to developed roads and designated access trails.
  • Do not access trails or non-gravelled roads when wet and/or when rutting can occur.
  • Camping is allowed only with the written permission of the Grazing Reserve office.
  • Organized recreational groups must obtain a Letter of Authority from the Grazing Reserve office prior to undertaking their activity.
  • No fires are permitted without written permission of the Grazing Reserve office.
  • Dogs are to be on a leash when entering the Grazing Reserve area between May 1 and November 15.
  • 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