Sturgeon Lake Natural Area

This Natural Area occupies a small island in Sturgeon Lake, located about 25 km west of the town of Valleyview, along Highway 43 in Northern Alberta.

Sturgeon Lake Site Map (Government of Alberta)
Sturgeon Lake Site Map (Government of Alberta)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Sturgeon Lake Natural Area (28 ha) is an island at the western extension of Sturgeon Lake. It is covered in mature forest and is used by Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. The much larger Young’s Point Provincial Park is located on the northern shore of the main body of Sturgeon Lake.

No Sturgeon in Sturgeon Lake. Located 90 km east of the city of Grande Prairie, this regionally important recreational lake has a reputation for good quality Lake Whitefish, and four other fish species, all subject to harvesting restrictions, but not including Sturgeon. It is also popular for all types of boating and water sports. Speculation on the origin of the name has given rise to two possibilities. One is that a family named Sturgeon once lived nearby; the other is that a visitor who paddled up the outlet creek named the lake for the Sturgeon, which also travel upstream. The lake bottom is firm and slopes gently, so that 90 m offshore the water is only about 2 m deep [1].

Site Statistics

Site NameSturgeon Lake
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)786/87
PASite ID (Map Ref #)218
Site # (Parks Website)504
Total Area4.49 ha. (11.09 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByParks Division
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Sturgeon Lake Natural Area


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 – Sturgeon Lake Natural Area | Alberta Parks (All links accessed on 2023-01-14).

  1. Mitchell, Patricia, and E. E. Prepas. “Atlas of Alberta Lakes.” Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1990, p. 114.

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