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Emerald Lake | Alberta, Canada

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall

This little lake caught between Alberta Highway 3 and Sentry Mountain is, seasonally, an extension of Crowsnest Lake, on Southwest Alberta's Crowsnest Pass. When water levels are low, it is an autonomous, deep basin. In late spring, a small cave in the cliff face emits an ephemeral fall.

Emerald Lake is separated from the larger Crowsnest Lake by Highway 3 – David Thomas

Boat Access Locations

Canoes, kayaks, and electrically motored boats are permitted. Follow proper clean, drain and dry protocol for all water recreation equipment. Watercraft inspections are required before entering waterways. Click HERE for more information.

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Turn off Provincial Highway 3 at Alberta Tourism information centre. Turn immediately right on gravel access road and continue along the old highway right of way to Emerald Lake.

Fishing Access Highlights

A steep road leads to a boat launch on the south side of the lake.

Fishing Highlights

Rarely fished, Emerald Lake is reputed to shelter a population of native cutthroat trout, as well as residual lake and rainbow trout from early, ill-advised introductions of non-native species.

Paddling Highlights

This could be good for a quick paddle, but the constant traffic of Provincial Highway 3 disqualifies it as a wilderness experience.


Access to Lake or River

Dirt-Road, High Clearance Vehicle

Nearby Places