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) is found here. The upland vegetation consists of aspen and balsam poplar forests, with some areas of white spruce.

Hans and Frank P. visiting Coyote Lake, 2008 (Frank P.) – NOTE THIS IS A TEMPORARY PHOTO

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

Important breeding bird habitat provides excellent opportunities for bird watching. The site contains features of the Boreal Forest, Parkland and Rocky Mountain Natural Regions, so there is a wide variety of bird species. 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.

This site lies in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Sub-region. The Dry Mixedwood Sub-region is the only Boreal Forest sub-region that does not have excellent representation within Alberta’s parks and protected areas network. There are still significant shortfalls in the glacial lakebed, ground moraine, sandplain and sand dune natural history themes. Listed in “Other Natural Areas” (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Coyote Lake is approximately 80 km west of Edmonton, or 130 km from Red Deer. Doris and Eric Hopkins were the original stewards, who had a homestead on property which they subsequently donated to the Natural Area. They were instrumental in extending the Natural Area in collaboration with their neighbours. HUBERT/PATSY, DO WE UPDATE PER NCC? Absolutely – we will have to look up the recent history – Patsy]

Coyote Lake is a fascinating area ecologically as it lies in a transition zone between aspen parkland, boreal forest, and even foothills, and with a combination of lakeshore, upland and lowland meadows, and moist mixedwood forest, including balsam fir as well as spruce, all accessible by trails, there is lots to see. 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. The government has also earmarked additional land round the lake as Natural Areas. 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.

Site Statistics

[HUBERT and PATSY, it is not clear what land belongs to the province, NCC and with what designation. Yeh, I know. We need to do a lot of research on this unless Kristyn knows the answer. I think we should query both the government & the NCC for updated information – P. ]

Coyote Lake (Protected under an Order in Council) [Why is there both an OC and a PNT?)

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 Area1253.31 ha. (3096.93 ac.)
Steward-Status4. Unknown
Recreation Activitiesbirding; wildlife viewing
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 Area1253.31 ha. (3096.93 ac.)
Steward-Status4. Unknown
Recreation Activities
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Coyote Lake – PNT

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.

  1. Government of Alberta – Coyote Lake Natura Area (accessed 2021-12-18).
  2. Hopkins Conservation Site (Nature Conservancy of Canada).

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