Lily Lake Natural Area

Lily Lake Natural Area has rolling topography with numerous wet depressions. Vegetation communities consist of mixed forests of aspen-balsam poplar-white spruce, willow shrublands and black spruce-tamarack/Labrador tea-dwarf birch wetlands.

Lily Lake Natural Area, 2020 (FPotter)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

This ca. 172 ha Natural Area west of Lac Ste. Anne occupies the northern, eastern and southern portions of Lily Lake. It is largely free of ATV tracks despite the existence of two distinct cutlines starting at Township Road 550 and heading south to Lily Lake. Little foot traffic is evident and the few trails follow a fence and end at a small prairie lake. The site is relatively pristine and remote [1]. It lies in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion.

More than one Lily Lake in north-central Alberta!

This particular Lily Lake is accessed by following Highway 765 through the hamlet of Darwell, turning west on Township Rd 550 for about 4.5 km , and then south on the section right-of-way.

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 [2]. The Natural Area is an excellent location to practice snowshoeing – not too far off the beaten path.

Site Statistics

Site NameLily 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 #)128
Site # (Parks Website)545
Total Area171.99 ha. (424.99 ac.)
Recreation Activitieshunting, snowmobiling (off site)
Operated ByAlberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Lily Lake


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 – Lily Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-26).

  1. YEG-Ville Trail Guide (unpublished, used with permission).
  2. Kelland, Roland. “Potter Asks – Origin of Alberta Place Names West of Edmonton and North of Hwy 16,” December 21, 2020.

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