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Burmis Lake | Alberta

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall

A tiny, hidden lake offering early-season fishing from shore, float tube or canoe for stocked rainbow trout.

Early June sees Burmis brimming with water, stocked rainbow trout, and nesting waterfowl. – David Thomas

Boat Access Locations

There is no boat launch but canoes can be carried easily from the parking area.

By mid-summer, the lake may be too low and too warm for more than pro forma angling. It remains a nice base for fishing the adjacent Crowsnest River, including a substantial upstream stretch owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and managed by Trout Unlimited.

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

From Alberta Highway 3 at Burmis, turn south on paved road 507 over the high bridge crossing the Crowsnest River. Turn west on well-graded gravel road to intersect the river again at a pink iron bridge. Continue across the bridge to the dead-end parking area maintained by the Hillcrest Fish and Game Club on behalf of the Alberta Conservation Association. Watch the fence posts for perching mountain bluebirds.

Fishing Access Highlights

Access is via a short trail heading northwest from from the parking area.

If the lake proves too tame, scour the brush on the north side of the lake for the trail that continues west along a high hump of land to a rarely used reach of the Crowsnest River. Then fish downstream to the silver iron bridge. From the bridge, it's a short northeast walk back to the parking area.

Fishing Highlights

Too small to attract ambitious fish counters, this little lake might be just right for young families who, most often, would have it to themselves. Pit toilets at the parking area are a welcome amenity.

Paddling Highlights

This lake is too small to be worth the trouble for paddlers, unless they want to practice paddling in a circle.


Access to Lake or River

Dirt-Road, High Clearance Vehicle

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