[Patsy C.] Bridge Lake Natural Area


East of Westlock and northeast of the village of Clyde, the Bridge Lake Natural Area (NA) complex is one of a number of protected sites within this rich farming region. Note that the Order-in -Council and Protective Notation areas are contiguous on the west side of the lake.

Lake in Bridge Lake NA showing inundated shoreline on 2021-08-08 (PCotterill)
Lake at Bridge Lake NA showing inundated shoreline on 2021-08-08 (PCotterill)
Bridge Lake Site Map, 2001 (Government of Alberta)
Bridge Lake Site Map, 2001 (Government of Alberta)

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

This Natural Area complex totaling about 280 ha contains vegetated sandhills adjacent to Bridge Lake with forest vegetation of jack pine and aspen, and willow/sedge meadows associated with the lakeshore and a small creek. The lake is an important waterfowl production area (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

During the drought years of the 21st century the shoreline of the lake receded and there was an extensive infestation of the weed common tansy. In the summer of 2021, following high precipitation in 2020, the water level was within 100 metres of the road, and bands of drowned willows and trees remained in the lake several metres from shore. There was no sign of tansy. (Personal observation: PCotterill)

Site Statistics

Bridge Lake (OC)

Site NameBridge Lake
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)519/95
PASite ID (Map Ref #)48
Site # (Parks Website)478
Total Area109.77 ha. (271.24 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bridge Lake

Bridge Lake (PNT)

Site NameBridge 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 #)48
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area170 ha. (420 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCNIV*6
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Bridge Lake (PNT)

References

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 – Bridge Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-12).

Further Reading

[Site statistics do not correspond with map for OC’d area; no map for PNT so no way to verify – Patsy]

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