Recreational access on PGRs

You must know and follow conditions when accessing provincial grazing reserves (PGRs) for recreational purposes.

Before you head out, follow the steps outlined below to learn more about a grazing reserve and to reduce the risk of conflicts with livestock and other land users, and causing damage to the land during your visit.

How to access PGRs

To enter any PGR, follow these 4 simple steps:

Step 1. Locate the PGR

Step 2. Use the Mapping Tool

  • Use the Mapping Tool to find the specific access conditions for the PGR you are entering.

Step 3. Review the general recreational access conditions

Step 4. Plan ahead and use respect

  • Plan ahead and use respect during your visit. Failure to comply with the Recreational Access Regulation and specific access conditions may result in charges under the Recreational Access Regulation.

Interactive map

For an interactive map of the province to locate a PGR with contact information please see:

Provincial Grazing Reserves can be searched by name under the ‘Go to Location’ tab of the mapping tool by selecting the ‘Go to GRR’ button. A step-by-step guide on how to use the mapping tool is found at:

General recreational conditions

Under section 9(3) and 9(4) of the Recreational Access Regulation, recreational users on agricultural land must:

  • not litter
  • have direct control of any animal brought onto the agricultural disposition land
  • not park vehicles so that they block an approach to land
  • not enter or use any building or improvement on the disposition
  • not cause any damage to the agricultural disposition land or the property of the disposition holder
  • leave gates and other property as they were found, open or closed
  • comply with an applicable recreational management plan, if any
  • comply with any terms and conditions imposed by the Local Settlement Officer
  • comply with an order of a director, if any

PGR Listing (alphabetical)

Bear Canyon Bear Canyon
Black Bear Black Bear
Blueberry Mountain Blueberry Mountain
Bow Island Bow Island
Buck Mountain Buck Mountain
Connor Creek Connor Creek
Fort Vermillion Fort Vermilion
Hays Hays
High Prairie High Prairie
Jack Pine Jack Pine
Kleskun Lake Kleskun Lake
Lonesome Lake Lonesome Lake
Manning Manning
Medicine Lake Medicine Lake
Minburn Minburn
Onefour Research Ranch  
Pembina Pembina
Pinhorn Pinhorn
Purple Springs Purple Springs
Rannach Rannach
Rocky Mountain House Rocky Mountain House
Sage Creek Sage Creek
Sang Lake Sang Lake
Seven Persons Seven Persons
Smoky Lake Smoky Lake
St. Paul St. Paul
Thorhild Thorhild
Three Creeks Three Creeks
Twin River Twin River
Valleyview Valleyview
Wanham Wanham
Whitemud Whitemud
Wolf Lake Wolf Lake

Personal information collection and use notification

Personal information you provide to Alberta Forestry and Parks is collected under the authorization of Section 11 of the Recreational Access Regulation, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The information being collected will be used by Alberta Forestry and Parks in this regard and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Protected Areas.


For inquiries about PGR access, please email [email protected].

Connect with one of our rangeland agrologists for inquiries about grazing reserve operations. See the contact list at: Land Management – Contacts.

For other questions about access to agricultural public land, call 310-LAND (5263).


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