Kleskun Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1969
Area: 13,747 acres
Region: Natural Subregion
Nearby municipalities: 32 Km northeast of Grande Prairie
Livestock management:

Kleskun Lake Grazing Association

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

Grazing season: Mid-May to Mid-October
Recreation Activities: Hunting
Trail riding
Industrial activities: Oil and gas

Early settlers found the shores of Kleskun Lake, located 32 km northeast of Grande Prairie, to be productive and a good source of wild hay. The area was first used for grazing in 1912 after cattle were taken north along the Edson Trail. The Kleskun Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve is located in the Peace River parkland natural subregion on an historical lake bed.

In 1918, the Kleskun Lake Cattle Co. was formed and over the next few years it opened up the Kleskun Creek channel and put in lateral ditches to improve drainage. This made most of the lake bottom, about 15,000 acres, available for grazing and/or hay production.

At the peak of its operation the Kleskun Lake Cattle Co. controlled 45,000 acres. By 1927, it was having financial problems and sold out. During the Depression most of the land reverted to the municipal government.

In the late 1960s, the provincial government obtained the original Kleskun Lake area from the County of Grande Prairie and development of the grazing reserve started in 1969. The reserve now covers 13,747 acres of which 10,367 acres are developed into tame pasture. Grazing season is from approximately mid-May to mid-October.

The oil and gas industry was active on this reserve in the early 1990s with the development of many well sites, pipelines and access roads. The flat nature of the land has posed some management problems with drainage from the annual run-off. In order to ensure that the industry had access to the well sites, the access roads had to be built higher than the surrounding land. This initially caused some problems with the run-off from the winter snows. It resulted in the water ponding on the reserve and some damage to the tame forage that was unable to survive under lengthy flood conditions. A number of the access roads now have culverts installed to allow better drainage to the Kleskun Creek and off the reserve.

Hunting, snowmobiling and trail riding are the chief recreational activities on the reserve. A fairly extensive waterfowl staging area has been completed in co-operation with the Fish and Wildlife Division, Ducks Unlimited and the former Alberta Environment. This project flooded 2,000 acres. The reduced flooding on the rest of the property has caused a raise in the carrying capacity on the remaining highland areas.

The Kleskun Lake Grazing 1996 Association has a renewable management agreement with the government. The association has agreed to maintain the fences, dugouts, corral system and the buildings at the headquarters. The association is also responsible for ensuring that the productivity of the tame pastures is maintained.

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 Kleskun 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