Bellis Lake and Bellis North Natural Areas


Bellis Lake (OC and PNT) and Bellis North Natural Areas are in close proximity to each other but bisected by Highway 28 and together cover an area of approx. 1,600 ha. All three are on sandy soils with a flora characteristic of this soil type.

Bellis North, Successional Stages of Jackpine Forest, L. Kershaw, July 2017
Bellis North NA, Successional Stages of Jackpine Forest, L. Kershaw, July 2017

Map of the Area

Any maps and map views are for general information only. Do not rely on them for navigation or to determine legal boundaries.

Other Information

Bellis Lake and Bellis North Natural Areas encompass a sandy vegetated dune complex dissected with several major ravines containing numerous ponds and wetlands. There is high potential for erosion due to the sandy soils. Vegetation includes predominantly jack pine on the uplands along with aspen stands; black spruce, tamarack and dwarf birch occupy the low-lying lands.

A forest fire went through Bellis North Natural Area in the spring of 2002, but approximately 40% of the site was untouched by the fire (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Unfortunately this site appears to be well-known by operators of off-highway vehicles. A recent site inspection is not available to confirm this.

Site Statistics

Bellis North (OC)

Site NameBellis North
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)519/95
PASite ID (Map Ref #)363
Site # (Parks Website)476
Total Area1088.50 ha. (2689.68 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bellis North

Bellis Lake (OC)

Site NameBellis Lake
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)538
Site # (Parks Website)475
Total Area62.00 ha. (153.20 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bellis Lake

Bellis Lake (PNT)

Site NameBellis Lake (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)538
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area451.00 ha. (1114.42 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCNIV*6
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bellis Lake (PNT)
Bellis North (left), Bellis Lake OC and PNT (right) site maps. (Government of Alberta)
Bellis North (left), Bellis Lake OC and PNT (right) site maps. (Government of Alberta)

References, Further Reading and Links

The following links are provided as a courtesy but are not verified or endorsed by SAPAA. Clicking on the link will cause you to leave the SAPAA website. Primary source of information is: Government of Alberta – Information & Facilities – Bellis Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks, Information & Facilities – Bellis North Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-14).

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