[ HT * Checked /MEDIUM] Caslan (PNT) and North Buck Lake (PNT) Natural Area


The west side of the lake is Crown land. North Buck Lake is about 35 km west of Lac la Biche. On its west side there are tree pieces of crown land with Protected Area designation: North Buck Lake NA (PNT), North Buck Lake PP (PNT) and Caslan NA (PNT) [HT]

[FP, MYSTERY AREA, SEE MY EXPLANATION]

Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Caslan and possibly two North Buck Lake (PNT) sites.
Screen capture from the SAPAA-Google Map of Caslan and possibly two North Buck Lake (PNT) sites.

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

North Buck Lake is Blessed with surrounding Crown Land whose designations vary. Given that Alberta’s Protected Area definitions can be confusing, a detailed breakdown is worthwhile.

Starting at the southeast is the North Buck Lake Provincial Recreational Area (PRA) juts into North Buck Lake. While SAPAA typically excludes PRAs, given its proximity to the NAs and shared names, it is being included. mentioned here.

PP, NA, PNT – Not Sure. Across a small bay from the PRA is Caslan PNT. Directly north of Caslan is property with a Crown Land Reservation. The metadata provided by the province on its GIS information lists this site’s type as ‘PP’ (Provincial Park). Its status, however, is a PNT. As it turns out, this is neither a NA nor a PP – but does have some acknowledgement for future recreational use. When queried, the Government of Alberta had this explanation (with edits):

North Buck Lake PP-PNT (FID 69) is not a natural area, it is identified for future recreation development. This area does have CLR 840165 on it. This means the province has placed the a crown land reservation on the lands in an effort to indicate the priority land use is for future recreation development potential, over industrial or commercial [1].

(See List of Protected Areas for definitions of what is a PP, PNT, or Crown Reservations.) Gregoire Lake (PNT) Natural Area has a similar mystery.

North of Buck Lake. To differentiate this Buck Lake from its southern, similarly named lake – North was added in the 1950’s [2]. There are no major inflows to the lake, only four intermittent streams that flow into the northwest and central basins. The outlet stream flows from the southern tip of the lake to the Amisk River [3].

Caslan Name Origin Is… not known. Alberta and Great Waterways Railway Company (A&GWR) established a station here in 1914. Unfortunately the origin of the name was not recorded at that time. As for the A&GWR, it ran north of Edmonton to what is now Fort McMurray. It was absorbed by the Northern Alberta Railway in 1929 which was absorbed by the Canadian National Railway in 1980 [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameCaslan (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)394
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area518.48 ha. (1281.21 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Caslan (PNT) Natural Area
Site NameNorth Buck Lake (PNT)
Site TypeProvincial Park
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)474 Chris seems to have 5550 for all PP(PNT)s
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area1451.70 ha. (3587.21 ac.) Agrees with Chris; It looks suspicious that both NA and PNT have the same size
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for North Buck Lake (PNT) Provincial Park
Site NameNorth Buck Lake (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)474
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area1451.70 ha. (3587.21 ac.) see comment above.
Steward-Status
Recreation Activities
IUCN
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for North Buck Lake (PNT) Natural Area

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 – [LINK] (All links accessed on 2023-01-DD).

  1. Email exchange – Forestry Parks, and Tourism. “Re: SAPAA Asks – North Buck Lake (FID 69)” Received by F.Potter, January 23, 2023.
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p.229, 58. [HT: 229, 58 does look funny]
  3. Mitchell, Patricia, and E. E. Prepas. “Atlas of Alberta Lakes.” Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1990.

Editing, Review and Silence Procedure

  1. FRANK: Publish page
  2. HUBERT/PATSY: Assign page for editing by update tbd in the Title (4-
  3. Review for readability and alignment to SAPAA organizational reputation.
  4. Best available image
  5. Review for accuracy including:
    1. Correct map and site statistics
    2. Area size is correct
    3. Standards (e.g. use of hyphens, spelling, etc.)
    4. References are accessible and and notes match
  6. Review for formatting, e.g.: Centered captions, No empty blocks
  7. TEAM: Last walk through
    1. Any final discussion or notes
    2. Remove [name] from title
    3. Add to log book for silence procedure
    4. Delete these notes.

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