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Swan Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Volunteer park host opportunity
Volunteer park host opportunities are currently available at this park.
100 Years of History, Culture & Community
New for 2018: Reservations now available
As of December 14, 2017, the Swan Lake Provincial Park campground will offer campsite reservations via our Discover Camping Reservation Service.
About This Park
Know Before You Go
- Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) are prohibited in this park. ORVs include ATVs, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles and side-by-sides.
All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available, all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
- Campground Map [PDF] (Dec. 5, 2018)
Nature and Culture
- History: Established in 1918, it has the distinction of being British Columbia’s third oldest park.
Conservation: Swan Lake Park provides representation of the Kiskatinaw Plateau ecosection and is covered by the boreal white and black spruce biogeoclimatic zone. Vegetation consists predominately of trembling aspen, balsam poplar, white spruce and willows.
Swan Lake is the largest water body in the Alberta plateau. The maximum depth is 7.6 metres and the mean depth is 3.1 metres.
Wildlife: The occasional moose and white tail or mule deer may pass through the park. However, black bears do frequent the area. Muskrat and beaver can be seen around the lakeshore and the Tupper River which drains into the lake through the park.
If you are interested in bird watching, an abundance of waterfowl and migratory bird populations congregate at Swan Lake. An example of birds that frequent Swan Lake include common loon, red-necked grebe, western grebe, trumpeter swan, American widgeon, sandpipers, bufflehead, coot, gulls, eastern kingbird, warblers, blackbirds, killdeer, hooded merganser, red-eyed and warbling vireo, hermit thrush, swallows, yellowlegs, scoters, lesser scaup and goldeneyes, just to name a few.
Swan Lake is popular with local anglers. Sport fish include walleye, northern pike, yellow perch and burbot. Northern pike spawn in the spring among lakeshore weeds. Yellow perch, which have been stocked, are also weed spawners, but spawn later in spring. The lake is too shallow and too warm to support cold water salmonid species such as trout and char.