North Cooking Lake Natural Area


The Natural Area’s rough topography, a legacy of glaciation, provides important wildlife habitat.

North Cooking Lake, Entrance Sign, HTaube, July 2017
North Cooking Lake, Entrance Sign, HTaube, July 2017

Map of the Area

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Other Information

North Cooking Lake Natural Area encompasses an area of “knob and kettle” topography with steep-sided hills (knobs) interspersed with wetland depressions (kettles). The area’s rough topography, a legacy of glaciation, provides important wildlife habitat. Ponds are ringed with cattail and willow and provide nesting and feeding habitat for Red-winged Blackbirds and other songbirds. Many types of waterfowl, including Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler, use the ponds. (Alberta Parks website, 2012).

Depressions contain willow shrublands, sedge wetland and black spruce peatland. Aspen forests are common in upland areas and provide habitat for White-tailed Deer, Moose, Snowshoe Hare and Least Weasel.

This site is in the Boreal Forest Natural Region, Dry Mixedwood Subregion.

Site Statistics

Site NameNorth Cooking Lake (OC)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)584/92
PASite ID (Map Ref #)62
Site # (Parks Website)456
Total Area164.00 ha. (405.24 ac.)
Steward-Status
Recreation ActivitiesCross-country skiing, Hiking – front country, Hunting
IUCNII
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for North Cooking Lake (OC)
Order-in-Council Map of North Cooking Lake Natural Area (Government of Alberta)
Order-in-Council Map of North Cooking Lake Natural Area (Government of Alberta)

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 – North Cooking Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (accessed 2021-01-09).

Further Reading

  • The name of Cooking Lake is believed to derive from this being a favourite First Nations camping area. Donovan, Larry. 2007. Alberta Place Names: The Fascinating People & Stories Behind the Naming of Alberta. Place of publication not identified. Dragon Hill Publ., p. 48.

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