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Carbondale River | Alberta

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall

The Carbondale River forms at the edge of the Continental Divide and flows through the mountain meadows and forests of the Castle Provincial Parks. It disappears into the Castle River due south of Burmis, and due west of Beaver Mines.

Deep pools characterize Carbondale River at Lynx Creek Provincial Recreation Area. – David Thomas

Boat Access Locations

Put-in at the bridge near the confluence with Lost Creek and continue 12 km to a roadside take-out before the river joins the Castle River.

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

From the southeast fringe of the Crowsnest Pass community of Hillcrest, follow the unpaved Adanac - O'Hagen Forestry Road through the Castle Provincial Parks to the road's end at the T-intersection with Carbondale River Road. Turn west towards the river's headwaters at the foot of the Continental Divide.

Fishing Access Highlights

The Lynx Creek campground, just west of the Carbondale River Road bridge over Lynx Creek, provides a variety of well-spaced campsites, including a few tent-only sites perched on ledges above a tumble of large pools.

Fishing Highlights

Native cutthroat mix with naturalized rainbow trout in this walk-and-wade fishery.

Paddling Highlights

A Class II and III river with Class IV ledges inside a narrow canyon.


Access to Lake or River

Dirt-Road, High Clearance Vehicle