Sage Creek

Established: 1978
Area: 76,388 acres ( 30,913 hectares)
Terrain: Gently rolling to rolling with eroded areas in some of the coulee breaks
Vegetation: Dry mixed grass
Region: Dry mixed grass sub-region of the grassland natural region
Nearby municipalities: 32 km from the village of Manyberries
Water bodies: Nil
Livestock management:

Sage Creek Grazing Association (effective April 1, 1997)

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

Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October
Cattle: Black Angus
Red Angus 
Capacity: 1860 head of livestock
Wildlife and game: Burrowing Owls
Kit Foxes
Pronghorn Antelope
Richardson’s Ground Squirrels
Upland game birds
Recreational activities: Hunting 
Industrial activities: Oil and natural gas production

The Sage Creek Grazing Association, under a renewable grazing management agreement from the government, agreed to accept the responsibility of livestock management on its reserve on April 1, 1997. With this responsibility, the association agreed to maintain the fences, dugouts, corral systems and the buildings located at the headquarters. The headquarter site is somewhat unique in that it's located some distance from either corral system. The primary reason for the location of the building site was the easy and inexpensive access to utilities (power and telephone) and a good ground water supply.

This natural region supports an abundance of diverse wildlife, including Richardson's ground squirrels, burrowing owls, kit foxes, deer and pronghorn antelope. As the site isn't close to a city or large town, it doesn't attract a large number of recreational people, but it does offer one of the best locations in Alberta to hunt deer and antelope.

Stocking rates for the pasture were set after making a liberal allowance for grazing wildlife. The allowance agreed to is that the carry-over of the current year’s growth is to be 70 per cent. Under normal native range grazing, only 50 per cent carry over is required to ensure plant vigour. The large size of the reserve, coupled with the low carrying capacity, required the establishment of large grazing pastures.

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