Public land and natural resources within these areas are managed under the Public Lands Act and the Public Lands Administration Regulation. Under this legislation, temporary or long-term closures of public land trails, areas and roads can be used to address public safety concerns and conservation objectives.
Be aware of your surroundings. There may be damage to trails and stream crossings that are unmarked.
Trail and area closures and advisories
Select an area or trail below to view full closure details.
Agricultural dispositions GRL32636 and GRL40602
Closure status Temporary Area affected GRL32636 and GRL40602 Effective dates December 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024 Details
Agricultural dispositions GRL32636 and GRL40602 are temporarily closed for pest management. No person shall access the GRL lands for recreational purposes while the temporary closure is in effect.
- Director’s Order – Temporary closure for GRL 32636 and GRL40602 (PDF, 557 KB)
- Map - Temporary closure for GRL 32636 (PDF, 893 KB)
- Map - Temporary closure for GRL40602 (PDF, 1 MB)
Resources This area is closed under the Recreational Access Regulation and the Public Lands Act.
Bighorn Backcountry – Crescent Falls PRA
Closure status Temporary Area affected Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area (PRA) Effective dates May 2023 to June 2024 Details In addition to the access restrictions noted on link below, no access is permitted on the off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail starting on Highway 11 north of the Bighorn River bridge to T9.
Advisories – Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area – Alberta Parks
Resources This area is closed under the Provincial Parks Act.
Bighorn Backcountry - Abraham Lake Vehicle Restriction
Closure status Temporary Area affected Abraham Lake Effective dates April 30 to December 1, annually Details No motorized vehicles April 30 to December 1 below the high water mark or on lake bottom.
Abraham Lake is a reservoir formed by the Bighorn Dam – water levels in the area fluctuate dramatically throughout the year as the dam helps regulate flows in the North Saskatchewan River.
It is dangerous to drive onto the lake bottom as water levels can change quickly, leading to vehicles getting stuck, being trapped and flooded over. Fluids and contaminants from abandoned vehicles, as well as garbage and human waste from camping, can impact water quality when lake levels rise, which is a concern for downstream drinking water and fish habitat.
Stay above the high water mark (where the vegetation starts/stops growing on the bank) to avoid facing a fine ($300) and getting stuck (tow bills average $1,500).
Resources This is enforceable under the Public Lands Administration Regulation.
Bighorn Backcountry – OHV use on sections of Highway 734 (Forestry Trunk Road)
Area affected Highway 734 (Forestry Trunk Road) Effective dates Pilot Project Details Through a collaboration with Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors, portions of Highway 734 deemed appropriate for off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail connectivity have been designated to allow for OHV use. These portions are reflected on the 2023 Bighorn Backcountry brochure along the road in yellow.
- Operation is for recreational purposes only and must take place during daylight hours.
- Maximum speed limit is 50 km/hour.
- OHV shall be operated as close as practicable to the right edge of the roadway, unless passing another OHV travelling in the same direction or preparing for a left turn.
- Except when passing, OHVs may not be operated adjacent to one another. They must be operated directly in line when travelling in the same direction.
Bighorn Backcountry - Wapiabi Cave
Closure status Closed until further notice Area affected The Wapiabi Cave is located north of Nordegg. Effective dates July 16, 2010 to present Details Wapiabi Cave is currently closed to reduce the risk of white-nose syndrome (WNS) infection in bats.
Bats in these caves are susceptible to WNS, a fungus that has caused the mortality of large numbers of hibernating bats at caves in Eastern Canada and the United States.
Public exploring the caves are suspected of introducing the fungus and infecting the bats.
Resources Fact Sheet – White-Nose Syndrome in Alberta
Advisories and news releases
Sibbald Snow Vehicle PLUZ - Jumpingpound Demonstration Day Use
Closure status Temporary Area affected Jumpingpound Demonstration Day Use Area is located within the Public Land Recreation Area (PLRA) and the Sibbald Snow Vehicle Public Land Use Zone in Kananaskis, south of Highway 68. Effective dates September 7 to December 22, 2023 Details The day use area will be temporarily closed during construction to improve sustainable year-round recreational use of the area. Planned activities include redevelopment of the staging area and formalizing existing trailheads.
The closure will impact the day use area, access roads, parking, the group use area and trailheads. Nearby trails outside of the closure area remain open.
Resources Pursuant to Section 184(1) of the Public Lands Administration Regulation, access is forbidden to the following:
Road closures and advisories
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Licence of Occupation (LOC) 770462 Access Road
Licences of Occupation (LOC) 111519, 111600 and 111712 Access Road
Closure status Closed until further notice Area affected The LOC road is located northwest of MacKay River in Alberta’s Northeeast Region. Effective dates January 14, 2013 to present Details See Director’s Order in the Resources section below for full details. Resources Director’s Order 01/2013 Contact District Offices – Northeast Region
Licence of Occupation (LOC) 100202 Access Road
Closure status Closed until further notice Area affected The LOC road is located south of Wolf Lake in Alberta’s Northeast Region.
Legal land description: NW-21 and NE-20-065-07-W4
Effective dates June 26, 2012 to present Details See Director’s Order in the Resources section below for full details. Resources Director's Order 01/2012 Contact District Offices – Northeast Region
Licence of Occupation (LOC) 3803 Access Road
Licence of Occupation (LOC) 005466 Access Road
Licence of Occupation (LOC) 920770 Access Road
Licence of Occupation (LOC) 930882 Access Road
Licence of Occupation (LOC) 840059 Access Road
The provisions in the Public Lands Act and the Public lands Administration Regulation incorporate the best practices of what the department has always done when there was a need to close an area that includes:
- Section 48 of the Public Lands Administration Regulation: Provides the reasons and the process to be followed for closure of vacant public land for periods of up to 28 days.
- Sections 96 and 97 of the Public Lands Administration Regulation: Provide for the process by which roads authorized under Licence of Occupation (LOC) may be closed by an order of a director. A director’s order that authorizes the closure of a road under an LOC is to be registered and a copy of the order is to be made available to the public.
- Section 71.2 of the Public Lands Act and Section 184 of the Public Lands Administration Regulation authorizes a director to issue an order to prohibit or restrict entry into an area.
Closure of Area 184
(1) The director may, by order, restrict or prohibit, for any specified period of time, entry into all or any part of the lands within a public land use zone.
(2) An order of the director under this section is in effect from the time it is posted publicly by the Department.
(3) A person shall comply with any order made and posted pursuant to this section.
For more information about public land trail and area closures, call 310-LAND.
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