Three Creeks Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1979
Area: 10,454 acres
Terrain: Gently undulating
Vegetation: Tame pasture
Region: Dry mixedwood natural subregion
Nearby municipalities: 56 km northeast of Peace River
Livestock management: Three Creeks Grazing Association
(privatized April 1, 1997)

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: 3,800

In the fall, deer and moose hunting top the list of recreational activities at the Three Creeks Provincial Grazing Reserve. Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers also use the 39,529 acre site in the winter, 56 km northeast of Peace River.

The reserve was originally requested by the agriculture development committee from ID 17. The site was chosen on a large tract of aspen-covered public land. The reserve is located in the dry mixedwood natural subregion.

Because multiple uses were proposed for the reserve from the beginning, a number of provincial government departments participated in its planning. Development began shortly after the plan was approved in 1979.

The initial clearing of 2,253 acres on the east end of the reserve was completed in 1979. Today, there are 10,454 acres of tame pasture scattered throughout the 39,529 acres. Only the tame pasture fields are fenced. This leaves a large portion of the reserve available to the local wildlife population on an exclusive use basis. The developed pastures are widely interspersed throughout the reserve and the level to gently undulating topography makes it easy terrain for cattle and wildlife management. This reserve has experienced predation problems by wolves on a number of occasions.

Once there was sufficient tame pasture, water supplies, fences and a corral in place to properly support livestock grazing the reserve was officially opened in 1982. Today, the reserve is capable of accommodating approximately 3,800 head of cattle for a five month grazing period that starts around the middle of May.

This reserve is unique in that a major forestry haul road dissects the reserve, running north and south through the middle of the reserve. The road was required to shorten the haul of aspen logs to the Daishowa Pulp mill that's located across the Peace River from the reserve. Just to the south east of the reserve, is the Shell In situ Plant. It produces heavy oil from the oil sands located deep below the surface. The oil is warmed up by injecting steam into the ground. This allows the oil to be pumped to the surface.

The Three Creeks Grazing Association opted to sign a management agreement on April 1, 1997. The renewable agreement requires the association to maintain fencing, dugouts, the corral system and the buildings at the headquarters. The association is also required to maintain the health and productivity of the tame pastures.

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 Three Creeks 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