Magee Lake Natural Area

Magee Lake NA is a quarter-section (65 ha) that lies west of, but not on, Magee Lake itself. The lake was named for a settler in the area [1], and is the southernmost of the Chain Lakes system in Central Alberta.

Magee Lake Natural Area (Government of Alberta)
Magee Lake Natural Area (Government of Alberta)

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

Magee Lake NA is comprised of gently rolling aspen-covered uplands with a few wetland depressions and two gullies. It provides important wildlife habitat because of its link to Chain Lakes-Parlby Creek system (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Magee Lake is one of three Chain Lakes* which are a string of long, narrow lakes east of Ponoka. The lakes are deeply incised into the surrounding farm land, and in most places the steep banks retain their natural tree cover. Parlby Creek, which connects all of the three lakes, flows into Spotted Lake and, eventually, into Buffalo Lake, which is part of the Red Deer River basin [2]. The nearby Gadsby Lake Natural Area is also located in the Buffalo Lake watershed [3].

The parcel of land directly north of the NA is Crown Land while the intervening parcels to the lakes themselves are privately owned [4, 5].

[*] Not to be confused with Chain Lakes Reservoir in Southern Alberta.

Site Statistics

Site NameMagee 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 #)356
Site # (Parks Website)451
Total Area65.00 ha. (160.62 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Magee 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 – Magee Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-18).

  1. Peel Library. Geographic Board of Canada, Place-Names of Alberta (1928), p. 82 (accessed January 23, 2022).
  2. Chain Lakes, Alberta – Wikipedia.
  3. The Alberta Lake Management Society. Antler Lake Watershed Map.
  4. Land Ownership Maps – Lacombe County (accessed 2022-04-09).
  5. Maps of Ponoka County (accessed 2022-04-09).

Further Reading

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