Located in eastern Alberta, Moose Lake Provincial Park is perfect for aquatic weekend getaways. The 16.5 square kilometers of water are home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, northern pike, and perch, giving anglers plenty of opportunities for a catch. The lake is open to powerboating, so you can enjoy water and jet skiing. A designated swim area can be found near the park’s sand beach, just outside of the campground.
Once you’ve dried off, you can take one of the hiking trails that leads around the lake. The jack pine forests are home to a variety of bird species, and the lake is a stopping point for many birds as they migrate in the spring and fall. There are also many hunting areas nearby, where you’ll find a mix of game species, including white-tailed and mule deer, as well as various game birds.
The campground located next to Moose Lake has over 50 sites, most of which have electrical hookups. The RV sites are just steps away from the water, giving you quick access to the boat launch. You’ll also be near most of the main hiking trails.
Moose Lake Provincial Park is located in eastern Alberta, making it easy to access from Edmonton. The lake is well developed, as it’s a popular weekend recreation area. You should have few issues reaching the campground with a large RV, but be prepared for icy roads in the colder months.
If you are driving from Edmonton, take AB-28 out of the city, and you’ll reach the park in around two and a half hours. From Calgary, take AB-2 to AB-28, and you’ll reach the lake in a little over five hours.
The campground is located just off AB-660 on the north side of the lake. From AB-660, take the park’s main access road, and you’ll reach the campground in only a few minutes. There are few tight turns or narrow roads to worry about, so large RVs can easily access the campground.
The onsite campground has 59 sites to choose from, all located near the shores of the lake. 12 of the sites are rustic, and 47 sites with electrical hookups. The sites have fire pits and picnic tables, and you’ll also have access to pit toilets and water pumps. Firewood sold in the campground. The boat launch and swimming areas are located near the RV sites. The campground is pet friendly, although all dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
The main recreational opportunities are found on Moose Lake. The waters are populated with northern pike, walleye, and perch, and there’s a fish cleaning station located right next to the campground. You can take part in canoeing and kayaking on the lake, as well as power boating and water sports. There are a few miles of hiking trails that lead around the lake, and you can also enjoy birdwatching in the surrounding areas.
All of the sites can be reserved in advance. The campground fills up quickly during peak season in the summer, especially over weekends, so make sure to reserve your site well in advance.
Moose Lake Provincial Park offers anglers a wide range of fishing opportunities. The waters are populated by walleye, northern pike, and perch, with populations varying throughout the year. The best time for fishing in the area is late spring and early summer, although you can visit during the winter for ice fishing.
There is a boat launch located near the campground. You’ll need an Alberta fishing license if you plan on fishing in the lake.
The calm waters of Moose Lake make for excellent boating from spring through fall. Enjoy the long stretch of shoreline by canoe or kayak, or take a pontoon boat out onto the lake to relax in the sun. A boat launch located near the RV campground is designed to handle both large and small vessels and can be used by anyone staying at the park. The lake does start to get crowded over summer weekends, so be prepared to share the water if you come during peak season.
Moose Lake is also a popular weekend getaway for beachgoers. The lake has a stretch of sandy beach where you can relax and get some sun before taking a swim. A marked-off swimming area is reserved only for swimmers.
Although the lake is usually safe for swimming, there are occasional algae blooms that can be toxic. If levels of algae are unsafe, the park will close the lake.
Moose Lake Provincial Park has several marked hiking trails that loop around the water and take you through the nearby jack pine forests. You can spot lots of wildlife, including more than 100 bird species.
The best time to come to the lake for hiking is in the fall when the forests are painted in autumn colors. You can also catch the fall migration of many bird species, as they use the lake as a stationing area before moving south.
The areas near Moose Lake are some of the most active birdwatching spots in Alberta, with hundreds of different species spotted throughout the year. Hawks, eagles, wrens, warblers, woodpeckers, and sparrows can be seen near the shores of the lake. More than 20 different species of warblers have been spotted near the lake. If you visit during the spring or fall, you can catch tundra swans and geese as they migrate, using the lake as a stationing ground.
Eastern Alberta is a popular hunting region, with a mix of big and small game species. You can find a number of hunting areas in the forests surrounding Moose Lake. The jack pine forests are home to white-tailed and mule deer, moose, and bear, and you can also hunt for a range of waterfowl species.
Hunting seasons are strictly enforced, so make sure that you follow all hunting regulations. You’ll also need the proper Alberta hunting licenses if you plan on hunting near the park.