SPRING LAKE - northern Alberta Location, History, Fishing, Swimming, Campsites, northern Alberta
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Welcome to Spring Lake Recreation Area, located in northern Alberta in the MD of Spirit River.


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UPDATE: MAY 2019. The Spring Lake Campground has closed until furthern notice.
Spring Lake campground has 38 sites. (New loop of additional 40 sites to open in late 2015 or 2016) There are no services. Each site has a picnic table and firepit. Firewood is for sale. Each site is well treed. Day-use and playground and beach near-by.
Day-Use is still open

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(active May-Sept)

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The Day-Use area is open 6am to 11pm each day. It has a large playground area as well as picnic tables. Use of ATV's and motorcross bikes are prohibited in the day use area.

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A hiking trail takes you completely around the lake. The 6km trail starts at the day-use area.



Hythe is located just 54 km west of Grande Prairie, in northern Alberta and Spring Lake is located another 27 km north of Hythe. Take secondary Highway 721 north for 7km, turn east 2km on Highway 59, then north again on gravel road for 18km. (or 9km west of Valhalla Centre then 18 km north)

MORE PHOTOS: Click on the mini-pictures above to enlarge photo.
Wildlife Sign, Geese on Lake, Shelter, Fisherman, Water Pump, Signs at the Park, Boat Launch Area.

It has been documented that as early as 1924, local fishermen made their way to Spring Lake down some nearly impossible trails. In 1957, the Spring Lake Resort Association was formed and lobbied the Government to build a dirt road to the lake. In 1974, Procter & Gamble Cellulose Ltd (now known as Weyerhaeuser) announced it would spend $100,000 over 10 years to develop a park and campground at Spring Lake. Their first priority was to upgrade the road to the park then later a beach area was developed. A loop for overnight camping and a parking lot for 30 vehicles was also added.

In this short video on Spring Lake, you can see more photos along the hiking trail. View VIDEO> (1:07min)

Boat Launch: View Video> (3:39 min)     Day-Use: View Video> (2:22 min)

The park takes on 40.7 hectares or 100.5 acres. This is a fairly small lake stocked with rainbow trout. The edges of the lake are very shallow but reaches 30 to 40 feet very quickly. Some areas of the lake reach a depth of about 70 feet deep.

In 1977 an aeration system was used in the fall to maintain adequate oxygen levels to overwinter trout to prevent frequent winter-kills. The aeration system has allowed a quality fishery to develop in Spring Lake. The operation and maintenance of the aeration system was jointly funded by Procter and Gamble Cellulose Ltd (Weyerhaeuser) and the Buck For Wildlife program. The lake is stocked annually with trout by the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Services. The Spring Lake Dock Project was taken on by the Peace country Flyfishers Association. In 1995 about 30 volunteers built the Dock at Spring Lake for everyones enjoyment.

Access to the beach area is from the Day-Use area. There is some sand for the youngsters to enjoy as well as a swimming area. Open fires are not allowed on the beach area as well as dogs must be on a leash.

The Canada Goose can be found at Spring Lake as they like the wet grassy area near some of the edges of the lake for nesting. It is common to nest where its parents nested and use the same nest year after year. Other wildlife such as moose, elk and deer can also be spotted on occasion.

Spring Lake Winter Resort is located next to Spring Lake. Includes Ski Hill with T-bar, and Chalet. There are also 10km of groomed trails for cross country skiing. Ice fishing is also popular. (780) 356-3045. The Spring Lake Ski Hill Association runs the Ski Hill as well as the Campground.


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No gas powered motorboats are allowed on this lake. Most boaters use small aluminum or inflatable boats powered by battery powered trolling motors. Boat launch is primitive.

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The lake is stocked with Brooke Trout and Rainbow Trout and fish can be caught up to 10 lbs. Some fishermen are lucky trolling with a Willow Leaf rig with worms or corn, in 4-6 feet of water. A variety of other methods including fly fishing are also successful.

There is no restriction to size of the Rainbow Trout you can catch. Maximum possession is five. Re-confirm with Alberta Fishing Regulations.

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A fish cleaning stand is located next to the lake. (no running water) Water must be carried from lake.

2012 Update: A new store has been added to the site and a new dock has been constructed. Boats are available for rent.

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