Bow Island

Established: 1965
Area: 35,093 acres (14,201 hectares)
Terrain: Flat & gently rolling
Vegetation: Dry mixed grass
Region: Dry mixed grass sub-region of the grassland natural region
Nearby municipalities: 16 km northeast of Bow Island
Water bodies: St Mary River Irrigation District
Livestock management:

Bow Island Grazing Association (effective April 1, 1999)

Maintains the fences, dugouts, corral systems and the buildings located at the headquarters.

Provides the bulls for the breeding program

Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October
Cattle: Charolais
Black Angus
Red Angus 
Capacity: 1860 head of livestock
Wildlife and game: Big game
Upland birds
Recreational activities: Canoeing
Industrial activities: Oil and natural gas production

Bow Island was started in 1965 with land from large leaseholders in the area. Originally, it was part of Alberta Agriculture's irrigation settlement program in which the Department of Lands and Forests shared administration costs. Eventually, Lands and Forests assumed full responsibility.

Numerous deer and antelope are found on the reserve, making it a popular area with hunters. Upland birds are hunted along the South Saskatchewan River and at the headlands of the irrigated fields. Other recreational activities include canoeing, hiking and fishing.

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 Twin River 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.

For more information, see:

Specific Access Conditions for this Disposition

  • LSO conditions - No recreational access is permitted in pastures where livestock are grazing.
  • LSO conditions - Recreational motorized vehicles allowed on existing gravel trails and roads only.
  • LSO conditions - No fires permitted at any time.
  • LSO condition - No recreational motorized vehicles allowed during a fire ban imposed by the Local Fire Authority.
  • LSO condition - No overnight camping is permitted.


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Updated: Sep 17, 2015