Isle Lake Natural Area


The Natural Area is densely wooded with a variety of different forest types including a black spruce-tamarack/Labrador tea/peatmoss fen and moist mixedwoods in the uplands. Riparian communities around the narrow lakeshore in the northeast corner feature extensive marsh reedgrass beds.

Example of OHV Tracks crisscrossing Isle Lake Natural Area, 2020-12-15 (fpotter)
Example of OHV Tracks in Isle Lake Natural Area, 2020-12-15 (FPotter)

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

LOCATION. This ~ 130 ha natural area is located south of Isle Lake and is intersected by Township Road 535A.

NATURAL HISTORY. Isle Lake Natural Area contains reedgrass wetlands near the lake shore; tamarack stands; tamarack-black spruce/Labrador tea/peatmoss fen; alder-birch shrubland; and upland mesic forests of balsam fir, aspen, balsam poplar and white spruce. This site lies in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion. (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

THE LAKE. The Natural Area lies south of Isle Lake which straddles Parkland and Lac Ste. Anne counties. The lake’s name refers to the presence of several islands. In the past Isle Lake was called Lac des Isles and Lac des Islets (Holmgren and Holmgren 1976); now it is known locally as Lake Isle. It is fed by the Sturgeon River and surrounding drainage basin. The lake is shallow, long and narrow [1, Isle Lake].

STATUS. A site visit in December 2020 showed considerable off-highway vehicle impact. Although listed as suitable for hiking, because of deep tracks, the NA is not suitable for other recreational activities in the winter.

NAME ORIGIN. Isle Lake straddles Parkland and Lac Ste. Anne counties. The lake’s name refers to the presence of several islands. In the past Isle Lake was called Lac des Isles and Lac des Islets; now it is known locally as Isle Lake [2].

Site Statistics

Site NameIsle Lake
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)454/71
PASite ID (Map Ref #)127
Site # (Parks Website)542
Total Area128.71 ha (318.04 ac)
Steward-Status
Recreation Activitieshiking – front country
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Isle Lake

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 – Isle Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (accessed 2022-01-20).

  1. Mitchell, Patricia, and E. E. Prepas. “Atlas of Alberta Lakes.” Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1990.
  2. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.

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