Crimson Lake Provincial Park
Rocky Mountain House, Central Alberta Region
( cross country skiing )
Crimson Lake Provincial Park is a recreation park and campground destination located northwest of the community of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada.
The highlights of the Crimson Lake Provincial Park include the network of recreation trails, the lake itself, the day use picnic areas, the campground and the groomed sandy beach.
Some of the additional services in the park include a boat launch, floating pier, playground, beach volleyball courts, showers, washrooms, sani station and a food concession which operates during the summer months.
There are two day use areas and two group sites in the park. The day use picnic area provides picnic tables and picnic shelters - some picnic tables are located right on the beach while others are located on sprawling grass lawns hidden by trees.
The park is a central gathering spot for many visiting the community of Rocky Mountain House for activities and fun. Some of the summer activities enjoyed in the park include boating, camping, mountain biking, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, swimming and birdwatching.
During the winter, once the snow has fallen and the lake freezes over, the activities enjoyed in the Crimson Lake Provincial Park include cross country skiing.
Besides the sandy beach and lake, the 20 kilometres of recreation trails in the park are a popular draw for the region.
The Amerade Trail is the largest of the trails within the park. It is a 10 kilometre long loop trail circling around Crimson Lake visiting with wetlands, bogs and forests.
On the south end of the lake the Amerada Trail connects to other smaller trails. The trails include the Fallen Timber, North Woods, Wolf Track, Sandpit, Beaver Run and Boardwalk Trails. All are short year-round loop trails interconnecting with each other.
Throughout the trail network are viewpoints, lookout platforms and sightseeing benches. Many of the benches are ideally located on Crimson Lake for birdwatching. Some of the birds to look out for include boreal owls, sandhill cranes, loons and sandpipers.
The trail network also extends outside the park and connects to activity destinations like the Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
How to Get to Crimson Lake:
Travel to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada. From downtown Rocky Mountain House on main street (52 Avenue) travel northwest for 16 kilometres on on Highway 11. Turn north on secondary highway 756 and continue for approximately 8 kilometres to the park entrance.