Lily Lake Natural Area

Lily Lake Natural Area has rolling topography with numerous wet depressions; mixed forests of aspen-balsam poplar-white spruce; willow shrublands; black spruce & tamarack/Labrador tea-dwarf birch wetlands [1].

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” [2].

Lily Lake Natural Area, 2020 (Frank Potter)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

This ~425 acre Natural Area, approx. x km northwest of Darwell and x km due north of Lake Isle, occupies the northern, eastern and southern portions of Lily Lake. It is largely free of ATV tracks despite two distinct cutlines starting at Township Road 550 and heading south to Lily Lake. Kudos to the Alberta Beach Snowmobile Club members for resisting the temptation to quad or snowmobile along these routes. is Little foot traffic is evident and the few trails follow a fence and end at a cute little prairie lake. The site is relatively pristine and remote. There are no facilities in the area (such as washrooms, etc.). [3]

More than one Lily Lake in north-central Alberta!

This particular Lily Lake is accessed by following Highway through the hamlet of Darwell, turning west on SH , and then south……

The origin of the name is unknown, but it is presumed to be a reference to water lilies (Nuphar variegata) whose flowers and leaves float on the water surface in late spring and summer. The name was documented in the 1887 field notes of the Dominion Land Survey and started to appear on Department of the Interior maps by 1917 [4]. The Natural Area is an excellent location to practice snowshoeing – not too far off the beaten path.

Site Statistics

Site Name: Lily Lake
Site Type: Natural Area *4
Status: Education *4
Subtype: Order-in-council (OC) *4
PASite ID (Map Ref #): 128
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual): 454/71
Site # (Parks Website): 545
Reserved Area: 0.00 ha. (0.00 ac.)
Designated Area: 171.99 ha. (424.99 ac.)
Total Area: 171.99 ha. (424.99 ac.)
Additional Protected Areas:
Lat/Long Co-ordinates:53.709816371 N, -114.654006391 W *1
Natural Region: Dry Mixedwood *2
Natural Subregion(s):
IUCN Classification: II *5
Operated By: Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture *1
Info Phone: 780-960-8170 *1
Steward(s) Aug2002: Volunteer(s) 2
Steward(s) Aug2003: Volunteer(s) 3
Steward(s) Dec2011: yes
Petroleum & Natural GasConditional
Day Use Site(s): Lily Lake *1
Recreation Activities: hunting, snowmobiling (off site) *1
Statistics and Details for Lily Lake

References, Further Reading and Links

  1. (accessed 2021-10-23).
  2. Alberta Parks web site, 2012
  3. YEG-Ville Trail Guide (unpublished, used with permission).
  4. Source Pending.

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