Gadsby Lake Natural Area

Gadsby Lake NA, located due west of Buffalo Lake and south of Red Deer, is a largely undisturbed site that has a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Gadsby Lake - Meadow - May 2021; image courtesy of Nature Central (Shaye Hill Photography)
Gadsby Lake NA May 2021, courtesy of Nature Central (Shaye Hill Photography)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Gadsby Lake NA has hummocky moraine topography covered by mature upland forest of aspen, balsam poplar and birch with a rich and diverse understory. The site lies in the Parkland Natural Region, Central Parkland Subregion. (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Gadsby Lake and environs is part of the Buffalo Lake watershed which also includes Magee Lake Natural Area [1]. The lake itself is a few kilometres north of the site. The hamlet of Gadsby is over 100 km to the southeast and may have been named after James Gadsby, an early settler in the area [2].

The following is quotation from a Nature Central report by Shaye Hill [3]:
“This natural area is gorgeous but not for the faint of heart. There are a very few trails made up by game animals such as moose or deer. Therefore, you are ultimately walking in the bush. The understory vegetation is well developed making it tricky to walk through. The natural area is made up of large mature trembling aspen and balsam poplar with white spruce intermixed.”

Site Statistics

Site NameGadsby Lake
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Central Parkland
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)211
Site # (Parks Website)441
Total Area64.75 ha. (160.00 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Gadsby Lake
  • Gadsby Lake 2004-06-25 (T.Blake)
  • Gadsby Lake 2004-06-25 (T.Blake)
  • Gadsby Lake 2006-05-16 (T.Blake)
  • Gadsby Lake Site Map (Government of Alberta)


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 – Gadsby Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-17).

  1. The Alberta Lake Management Society. Buffalo Lake Watershed Boundary. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.
  3. Nature Central – Wild Alberta Parklands. Gadsby Lake Natural Area, May 2021 

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