For advisories and closures for this and other areas, visit:

Maps of this area

A map for the Dormer/Sheep Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) can be found at: Bighorn Backcountry: Dormer/Sheep PLUZ.

Additional maps for the Bighorn Backcountry and the Dormer/Sheep PLUZ, including a digital mapping option for the entire Bighorn Backcountry PLUZ can be found at: Bighorn Backcountry - Overview.

Area and trail information

View activity and trail information for the area:

Activities

Camping

  • Random, no-service, camping is permitted. Campsites must be 100 metres from a lakeshore and no permanent camp structures are allowed.
  • Campsites and fires must be one kilometre (0.6 miles) from a Recreation Area, Provincial Park or a roadway. For further information see: Recreation on public land - Overview.
  • Nearby, serviced camping is available at Wildhorse Lake.

Motorized

Motocross ATV Side By Side Snowmobile Prohibited Boat

Off-highway vehicles (OHV) permitted only on designated trails with the following weight and width restrictions:

  • maximum weight of 590 kilograms (1,300 pounds)
  • maximum wheel base of 185 centimetres (72.8 inches)
  • maximum width of 178 centimetres (70 inches)
  • maximum tire pressure of 110 kPa (16psi)

For relevant clubs, trails and other information see: Alberta TrailNet and Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association.

Snow vehicles permitted only on designated trails. For further information see: Know Before You Go: Snowmobiles.

Motorized boats are not permitted.

Non-motorized

Hiking Hiking Cross Country Skiing

Hiking permitted.

Equestrian permitted; trails available. Horse grazing or tethering must be at least 100 metres (109.4 yards) of a lakeshore.

Cross-country skiing permitted. Trails available.

For further information see: Recreation on public land - Overview.

For relevant clubs, trails and other information see, Alberta Cross-Country Skiing and Alberta Equestrian Federation.

Hunting

Hunting

Alberta hunting regulations apply. For details on hunting regulations, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: Hunting: Regulations.

Hunting is not permitted in Provincial Recreation Areas (PRAs).

Fishing

Fishing

Alberta fishing regulations apply. For details on fishing regulations, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: Fishing: Regulations.

About this area/PLUZ

This area was created in October, 2002 to provide year-round access for non-motorized and equestrian use. Access for off-highway vehicles is permitted only on designated trails.

This area is 106 square kilometres (40.9 square miles).

Legislation, management, and planning relevant to area

Stewardship, monitoring, and biodiversity initiatives

Contact

To connect with Alberta Environment and Parks:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Rocky Mountain Office – Clearwater Area
Phone: 403-845-8272
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)