Information below compiled by Ken Connors of DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com - info@DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com
2016 Fire Advisory - Fire Bans- Forest Fires in the Peace Country: (Aug 19, 2016) No fire bans for the AB or BC portion of the Peace Country. There are no Fire Advisories or Fire Restrictions either.
Note: Fire Bans prohibit ALL open fires including campfires and charcoal briquettes. Fire Restrictions prohibit Wood, briquette and propane/natural gas fires OUTSIDE designated fire pits.
2016 Blue-Green Algae Warning: (Aug 19 2016) There is now Blue-Green Algae at Winagami Lake, 25 km from High Prairie. Also at Charlie Lake, 6km northwest of Fort St John. (Affects both Charlie Lake Campground and Beatton Provincial Park). Avoid contact with algae, do not swim in water and limit consumption of fish. Do not let pets drink or swim in water. One of the park wardens at Sturgeon Lake, near Valleyview, had said it appears that Blue-Green Algae is starting at that lake.
Biologists only take samples of the water when the Park Operator reports visible changes in the water. A biologist will then come out and take a sample of the water. The results may not be posted and reported to the media until a week later.
CAMPGROUND REPORT EXCLUSIONS
Alberta Parks does not gather numbers of campsites available on the following campgrounds, as they usually don't have high volume. The sites are occupied on a first come basis. Notikewin Provincial Park (37 km north of Manning), Simmonette RIver Recreation Area (55km southeast of Grande Prairie) and Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park (8 km from Grimshaw)
CHANGES - UPGRADES TO CAMPGROUNDS:
Saskaoon Island Provincial Park has made a change as to how you register for a campsite. There is now a Booth set up at the entrance of the park and is manned from 8am-10pm. It operates similar to Young's Point Provincial Park. If you don't have a reservation you can still pick out your site and then go back to the booth to pay. Moonshine Lake, about 30 km west and north of Spirit River, has added more electrical sites to Loop C in June of 2015. Also added are two metal gazebos in the beach/playground area mounted on a wooden platform. They also increased the amount of campsites that are reservation only. There was also upgrades to Young's Pointe at Sturgeon Lake in 2015 as the playgrounds were replaced and more walking trails developed. Pipestone Creek Park has added 6 solar panels that helps generate electricity for the campsites in Loop E and the Group Area. Also at Pipestone a new RV Dump station was constructed located outside the bottom gate with lots of room to park RV's
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