Coyote Lake Natural Area

This area has rolling topography with numerous wetland depressions. Tamarack-black spruce/sphagnum peatland, willow/birch shrubland, sedge meadows and small sloughs are common. A rare species of ducksmeal (Wolffia columbiana) is found here. The upland vegetation consists of aspen and balsam poplar forests, with some areas of white spruce.

Map of the Area

Protected Areas-Coyote Lake- 2022-(The Nature Conservancy of Canada)
Protected Areas-Coyote Lake- 2022 (The Nature Conservancy of Canada)

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

Other Information

Ecological Interest. Technically in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion, Coyote Lake is an area of considerable ecological interest as it lies in a transition zone between aspen parkland, boreal forest, and foothills, and contains features of Parkland, Boreal Forest, and Rocky Mountain Natural Regions, leading to high plant and bird diversity. A variety of habitats including lakeshore, upland and lowland meadows, and moist mixedwood forest, including balsam fir as well as spruce, are all accessible by trails. Important breeding bird habitat provides excellent opportunities for bird watching. Coyote Lake itself provides important feeding habitat for Great Blue Herons and nesting habitat for Red-necked Grebe, Common Loon and Ring-necked Duck. It is also a significant resting site for numerous migrating waterfowl. Mammals include deer, Elk, Moose, Coyote, Black Bear and Beaver. Listed in “Other Natural Areas” (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Doris and Eric Hopkins were the original stewards, who homesteaded on property which they subsequently donated to the government to create the Natural Area. Coyote Lake lies approximately 100 km west of Edmonton.

Greater Coyote Lake Conservation Area was designated when the Hopkins donated their land to the Nature Conservancy, and they persuaded some of their neighbours to do likewise. These lands are now administered by the Nature Conservancy of Canada [1]. Doris was always of the opinion that the more people who realize how special the area is, the better chance there is that it can be preserved and even expanded. The government earmarked additional land round the lake as Coyote Lake Natural Area, with the total area under OC and PNT notations now totalling approximately 1,230 ha.

Protected Lands at Coyote Lake

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), in 1994, purchased additional quarter-sections of land in addition to the original two quarter-sections donated by the Hopkins, for a total of five quarter-sections north and east of the two government-owned quarter-sections comprising the Natural Area. With some adjacent lands in the vicinity the total area of protected land now exceeds 470 ha (1200 acres). The two original Hopkins’ quarter-sections are now called the Hopkins Conservation Site and are accessible to the public [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameCoyote Lake – OC
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood; Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)584/92
PASite ID (Map Ref #)275
Site # (Parks Website)439
Total Area321.59 ha/794.63 ac.
Recreation Activitiesbirding; wildlife viewing; botanizing
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Coyote Lake – OC

Coyote Lake (Protective Notation)

Site NameCoyote Lake – PNT
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Central Mixedwood; Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)275
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area907.75 ha/2243.09 ac.
Recreation Activities
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Coyote Lake – PNT


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 – Coyote Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-26).

  1. Ceh, Katelyn. Director of Conservation Parkland and Grassland, Nature Conservancy of Canada. Email, 2022-03-15.
  2. Hopkins Conservation Site (Nature Conservancy of Canada).

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