Lonesome Lake

Established: 1972
(opened for limited grazing in 1976)
Area: 11,745 acres (4753 hectares) with 1,300 flood irrigation and 6,400 acres dryland tame pasture
Terrain: Level to gently rolling
Vegetation: Dryland tame pasture, irrigated tame pasture and native rangeland
Region: Dry mixed grass sub-region of the grassland natural region
Nearby municipalities: 29 km northeast of the town of Lomond
Irrigation sources: Bow River Irrigation District
Livestock management: Lonesome Lake Grazing Association
(effective April 1, 1999)

Ensures there is continual good forage production from the irrigated, tame and native pastures.

Also maintains the fences, dugouts, the corral system and the buildings located at the headquarters site.

Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October
Cattle: Charolais
Red Angus
Capacity: 1620 head of livestock
Wildlife and game: Big game
Upland birds
Recreational activities: Fishing
Industrial activities: Oil and gas exploration

The Lonesome Lake Grazing Association accepted a renewable grazing management agreement on April 1, 1999. In 2004, the grazing association began a project to upgrade the flood irrigated fields by replacing open ditches with gated pipe and replacing the dugouts in those fields with water troughs. The gated pipe supplies clean drinking water to the water trough in that field.

Ducks Unlimited has been a co-operative partner in developing clean water sources and the development of habitat for waterfowl and upland birds. In 1994, Ducks Unlimited entered into the Lonesome Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve Upland Management Plan and Circle E Project. The plan allowed for the new developed water basins that now provide nesting habitat for waterfowl and good clean water for the cattle.

In order to protect the nesting habitat, the grazing of cattle has been deferred until the majority of the nesting has been completed. The deferment of livestock movement during the nesting period results in improved grazing and range conditions and consequently improving the upland nesting cover on the project site.

Visitors are welcome, but access permission should be obtained from the regional grazing reserve manager. Access to the pastures where cattle are grazing isn't allowed during the season and no vehicles are permitted on the land developed for irrigation.

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 Lonesome Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve.

Industrial Guidelines and Industrial Operational Guidelines

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.

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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