[HT/PC-MEDIUM] Kakina Lake Natural Area

Situated southwest of, but not on, Kakina Lake and about 80km northwest of Edmonton. The local landowners appear to have added to its size by keeping their properties in a natural state. As a result, the wood area is larger than just the Crown Land.

Kakina Lake - little snow cover, December 20, 2020 (F.Potter)
Kakina Lake – little snow cover, December 20, 2020 (F.Potter)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

This natural area has strongly rolling hummocky moraine dissected from northwest to southeast by a poorly-drained lowland area. There is upland balsam poplar forest with some aspen and a dense shrub layer.

A Little Disturbed Name. A site visit in December 2020 indicated little human disturbance [1]. As for the name, the natural area is presumably related to the nearby lake which was recorded in the 1904 field notes of the Dominion Land Survey as “Lake Kakinasakahigan” [Note: sakahigan means “lake”]; the name was later shortened by the surveyor. The name began appearing on Department of the Interior maps by 1917 and was formerly adopted in 1950 by the federal government [2].

[FP, NOTE, YOU CAN READ MY FULL REPORT HERE: Kakina Natural Area | Organizational Biology & Other Thoughts (myorgbio.org). I AM NOT LINKNG IT AS I AM NOT SURE WHAT I AM GOING TO DO WITH THIS CONTENT].

Site Statistics

Site NameKakina 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 #)268
Site # (Parks Website)543
Total Area64.75 ha. (160.00 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Kakina Lake Natural Area
Kakina Lake Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Kakina 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: Information & Facilities – Kakina Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2022-12-10).

  1. Unreported site visit, December 20, 2020; F. Potter.
  2. Kelland, R. “Potter Asks – Origin of Alberta Place Names West of Edmonton and North of Hwy 16,” December 21, 2020.

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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