Twin River

Established: 1934
Area: 33,163 acres
Terrain: Gently rolling
Vegetation: All-native rangeland Dryland pasture
Region: Mixed grass sub-region of the grassland natural region
Nearby municipalities: 19.2 km east of Del Bonita
Water bodies: nil
Livestock management: Twin River Grazing Association
(effective April 1, 1997)

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

Provides the bulls for the breeding program

Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October
Cattle: Hereford
Capacity: 1800 head of cattle
Wildlife and game: Antelope
Upland game birds
Recreational activities: Canoeing, fishing and hunting
Industrial activities: Oil and natural gas production

Twin River was the first grazing reserve established in Alberta. During the early years of the Great Depression, in the 1930s, hard-pressed farmers and ranchers in the Del Bonita area requested that a grazing association be formed to provide pastureland for their cattle.

Until the fall of 2003, both cattle and sheep used the reserve, but were kept separate for the grazing season. Since 2004, only cattle are grazed on the reserve.

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.

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.

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