Geocaching is an outdoor sport activity which uses a GPS receiver to track down hidden containers. Many of these hidden containers exist in and around the County, just waiting to be found.
There are several websites that provide information around locations of caches. Some such sites include:
Why not take a day and see how many you can track down while exploring the County?
Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs)
West of Rocky Mountain House the Clearwater forest provides abundant opportunities for ATV exploration and adventure. Trails are maintained by various ATV and outdoors groups such as the Bighorn Heritage ATV Society and Rocky Fish and Game.
The importance of staying on designated trails cannot be emphasized enough. High traffic volumes without concern for the environment could devastate some areas. The Bighorn ATV Society, Alberta Sustainable Resources or other clubs can provide maps and advise on trail conditions and levels of difficulty, and rules for trail etiquette.
Clearwater County is currently developing a multi-user trail system along abandoned Rail line, covering 109 kilometers between Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg.
D & S Mechanical rentals: (403) 844-5684 or (403) 844-5355
Glenn's Sportsline: (403) 845-6906
Within 30 minutes travel, Chambers Creek recreation area sports maintained trails and campsites from which to base a wilderness adventure. Within a 40 minute drive of Rocky Mountain House, Jackfish Lake recreation area provides riding opportunities with trails leading to Lawrence Creek, Baptists River, and Macgregor Lake.
Further out, within 90 minutes’ drive from town the Kiska/Wilson Forestry Land Use Zone provides maintained trails around the east end of Abraham Lake, and along Crooked Creek and Joyce Creek. Maintained trails are marked and built with family and the "recently skilled" in mind. More steep, difficult trails are available but detours around these are always in place.
South on the trunk road from Nordegg or west of Cow Lake to the trunk road and then north, is where the Hummingbird Recreation Area can be found. Three maintained trails, the Hummingbird Creek trail, the Canary Creek Trail and the Onion Lake trail all provide exquisite scenery, and a full day of riding. Many backcountry campsites already are in place for those who prefer a longer stay. Grizzly and black bear, bighorn sheep, whitetail deer, elk, wolf, marten and fisher all inhabit the area. Loons can be seen in the lakes and will serenade you with their wilderness solos in the quiet hours of twilight, and the Swainsons thrush will provide you with his thrilling call early in the morning and late in the evening if you happen to be there during the month of June.
There are many different locations in the area that are open to hiking. Many of these spots are easy to reach and are well worth the hike.
Unless you are familiar with the area, you are advised to consult one of many books about hiking in the area, such as, "Hiking Alberta's David Thompson Country" by Pat Kariel and Eric Schneider, and "Backroad Mapbook". for further information about these and many other hikes.
Remember to alert others about your plans and to take precautions to avoid getting lost. The following are just a few of the amazing hikes to be found within Clearwater County:
- Siffleur Falls: From the well marked parking lot on Highway 11 at Kootenay Plains, follow the easy 3.7 km route across the suspension bridge over the North Saskatchewan to the falls. The area is an ecological reserve.
- Allstones Lake: Access from Highway 11 at Allstones Creek along Lake Abraham, the trail climbs over 500 m in the 3.2 km distance. The trail provides a spectacular view of Allstones Lake from above, as well as some great vistas.
- Shunda Mountain Lookout: On top of old "Baldy" at Nordegg is the forestry lookout with a staff person who gets lots of visitors up the old fire road trail. The hike is 6 km from the gate across the access road.
- Coliseum Lookout: The next mountain overlooking Nordegg has the distinctive crown on one end. The access trail begins near Shunda Creek Campground and it is a moderate 7 km hike.
- Landslide Lake: This lake can be reached from the Cline River bridge on Highway 11 or from the trail head east of Thompson Creek Campground. It's 10 km from the bridge, and a little shorter, but steeper attack from the south trail head. It is well worth the effort however. The trail from the bridge is also the access to Lake of the Falls, Pinto Lake and Entry Creek.
- Baseline Lookout: Baseline Mountain is located SW of Rocky Mountain House on Secondary Highway 752. The lookout is 4 km from the access road gate. Canada Cup Mountain bike racing has been held here.
- Rocky Mountain House and Crimson Lake: For a stroll or bike ride, Rocky has paved and gravel trails throughout the town and they connect to the trail systems at Crimson Lake Provincial Park and Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
Fishing License Locations
Rocky Mountain House
Canadian Tire: 5440-46 St. (403) 846-0077
Grandview Stage: Hwy. 752 by Cow Lake (403) 845-6404
Pudgee’s Food and Gas: 4904-62 St. (403) 845-4477
Husky Gas: Hwy 11East (403) 845-3636
Rocky Mini Mart: 4924-47 Ave. (403) 845-5300
Caroline Supplies Ltd.: 5116-50 Ave. (403) 722-3922
Alhambra Corner Store: Hwy. 11 (403) 729-3003
Fishing Boat and Canoe Rentals
Western Wilderness Adventures: (403) 846-9026
Inflatable fishing boat with trolling motor, net, paddles and life jackets. Canoe with paddles, net and life jackets. Must bring your own fishing gear. Delivered to Goldeye Lake which holds up to 51b. Rainbow Trout or Fish Lake which holds up to 10lb. Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Locations West on Hwy 11
- Abraham Lake – Fishing best at the mouth of the N. Saskatchewan, Cline, and Tershishner. Best from August to freeze up. Use caution when boating due to submerged rock ledges, violent winds. Fish near shore. Located along highway 11 about 25 km west of Nordegg.
- Allstones Lake – A small high mountain lake that you can hike into. 10 km trail begins where Hwy 11 crosses Allstones Creek at Abraham Lake about 35 km west on Nordegg.
- Baptiste River – Travel 32 km west from Rocky Mountain House on Hwy 11, then 10 km north on the Sunchild Road. Be sure to fish upstream of the Sunchild Reserve.
- Bighorn River – Is a North Saskatchewan Tributary. Crossed by Hwy 11 about 24 km west of Nordegg. Campground day use sites at Crescent falls.
- Blackstone River – Crossed by the Forestry Trunk Road about 22 km north of Nordegg. Road parallels river for about 10 km, crosses where Chungo Creek enters. Campground located at Beaver Flats on the Chungo Road.
- Brewster Creek – Joins the Baptiste River at south boundary of Sunchild Reserve NW of Rocky Mountain House.
- Brown Creek – A Blackstone River tributary. Crossed by the Trunk Road about 35 km north of Nordegg Campground. Blackstone catch and release regulations apply.
- Chamber Creek – Crossed by Hwy 11 about 32 kms west of RMH. Campground 1km west of bridge.
- Chungo Creek – A Blackstone river tributary. Crossed by the Trunk Road about 32 km North of Nordegg. Campground. Blackstone catch and release regulations apply.
- Cline River – Crossed by Hwy 11 about 50 km west of Nordegg. Enters Abraham Lake, best if fished upstream above canyon, which is about a 2 hr hike from Hwy 11.
- Colt Creek – An Upper Nordegg Tributary. Travel about 13 km north of Highway 11 on the Harlech Road (which leaves Hwy 11 at the Shunda Creek Campground) then west on the oil roads.
- Coral Lake – Located near headwaters of Coral Cr. North of Cline River. Requires a long tough hike up the Coral Creek Valley with many creek crossings. Trailhead located where Hwy 11 crosses the Cline River about 50 km west of Nordegg. Open August 1 to October 31.
- Goldeye Lake – Travel 11 km west of Nordegg on Hwy 11, and then 2 km north. Campground and electric boat motors only.
- Harlech Pond – Located about 7 km east of Nordegg on Hwy 11, just south of the highway.
- Jackfish Lake – Is a small lake adjacent to Hwy 11 about 60 km west of RMH. Campground. Max boat speed 12 km/h.
- Lake of the Falls – To access this lake you have to do a tough 20 km hike. Trailhead located where Hwy 11 crosses the Cline River about 50 km west of Nordegg.
- Landslide Lake – About a 15 km hike up Cline River and Entry Creek from the trailhead on Hwy 11 about 50 km west of Nordegg.
- Lookout Creek – A Blackstone Tributary. Crossed by the Chungo Road about 14 km upstream of the junction with the Trunk Road north of Nordegg. Parallels the Chungo Road for several km before joining Blackstone River at Beaver Flats campground. Blackstone catch and release applies.
- Nordegg Ponds (East and West) – Located about 3 km (east pond) and 5 km (west pond) north of Nordegg on the Forestry Trunk Road.
- Nordegg River – Travel about 32 km west of Rocky on Hwy 11 to the Sunchild Road, then 40 km north. Upstream and down are mostly wilderness. Open Apr 1 to Oct 31.
- Obstruction Lakes – Do a tough 2-day hike up Coral Creek from the Cline River trailhead on North Job Lake.
- Rocky Children’s Pond – Located on the outskirts of Rocky Mountain House. Turn left after the bridge heading west on Hwy 11. No boats allowed, Children only.
- Shunda Creek – Travel west on Hwy 11 from Rocky. The highway first crosses Shunda creek about 16 km east of Nordegg at the Harlech Campground. It is crossed by 5 more bridge and access is plentiful. No motors allowed on pond at beaver dam day use site.
- Shunda Lake – Travel 2 km west of Nordegg on Hwy 11, then 2 km SW. Campground available. Electric motors only.
- Twin Lakes – Travel west of Rocky 7 km on Hwy 11 and 1 km north on Hwy 756. Campground available. Max boat speed 12 km/h.
Fishing Locations South of Rocky Mountain House
- Alford Lake – Travel about 25 km west of Caroline via Hwy 54 and 591, and then north. Watch for campground sign at Tay River. Electric motors only.
- Baseline Creek – Turn south off Hwy 752 at Strachan south of Rocky Mountain House, take first road south after a long bend in the road (4 km south of Stachan and just before crossing the centre fork of Prairie Creek) then 6 or 7 km south of where Baseline creek joins Vetch creek to form the south fork of Prairie Creek.
- Birch Lake – Travel 3 km west of Caroline on Hwy 54 to the Burntstick Lake turnoff (watch for sign) then 12 km south to oil road that heads west to within 100 meters of the lake.
- Burntstick Lake – Located south and west of Caroline. Municipal Campground at east end.
- Clearwater River – Enters the N. Saskatchewan At Rocky Mountain House. Crossed by Hwy 54 about 7 km west of Caroline, by Hwy 22 about 16 km south of RMH and parallel by Hwy 591 and Trunk Road for another 60 km upstream.
- Cow Creek – Crossed by #752 about 16 km south of RMH just south of the Grandview Stage. The lower creek can be reached by good road west and north of Grandview Stage. Campground on Prairie Creek west of Strachan.
- Cow Lake – Located on Hwy 752, about 15 km south of RMH. Campground and boat launch on the west end.
- Cripple Creek – Crossed by Trunk Road about 42 km south of Nordegg. Campground at Ram Falls. North Ram River catch and release regulations apply.
- Cutoff Creek – Joins the Clearwater River south of Hwy 591 about 30 km west of the Tay River bridge. Travel SW on the road that leaves the Trunk Road at the east end of Seven Mile Flats just downstream of Seven Mile Creek Bridge.
- Dry Creek – Just a small Creek that joins Lick Creek 2 km upstream of where Lick Creek meets Prairie Creek. Access appears to be by seismic and bush trails only. Located about 6 km north of the junction of the Strachan gas plant road and Hwy 752 west of Strachan.
- Fall Creek – A Ram River tributary. Travel about 55 km SW of Rocky on Hwy 752 to the Baseline Forestry Cabin, then 10 km NW on Trout Creek Road. Lower Ram River regulations apply.
- Gap Lake – Ice fishing is best in December. Take Hwy 752 SW of Rocky to Prairie Creek Campground, then 55 km NW. Winter road access via access muskeg flat; summer access by foot or ATV. No motor boats allowed.
- Hummingbird Creek – A Ram River tributary. Travel about 55 km south of Nordegg on the Forestry Trunk Road, then 8 km west on Onion Lake Road. Campground available at Ram Falls. Upper Ram regulations apply.
- Limestone Creek – Enters Clearwater River from the South about 60 km SW of Ricinus on Hwy 591 just south of Corkscrew Mountain.
- Medicine Lake – Main source of the Medicine River. Travel about 50 km north of Rocky on Hwy 22, then east to the lake. Campground on east side. Max boat speed is 12 km/h.
- Mitchell Lake - Travel 10 km south on Hwy 22 and 10 km west on the Prairie Creek Road. Road to lake turns left across rocky pasture. Day use site. Electric motor boats only.
- Nice and Easy Creek – A north Ram River tributary. Travel about 25 km south of Rocky Mountain House on Hwy 752 to Prairie Creek Campground west of Strachan, then about 75 km on the North Fork Prairie Creek Road to the north Ram River. The creek joins here. North Ram River catch and release regulations apply.
- North Ram River – Crossed by Trunk Road about 30 km south of Nordegg. Campground at bridge.
- Onion Lake – Joins Hummingbird Cr. About 4 km upstream of where the Hummingbird Creek joins Ram River. Take the Trunk Road about 55 km south of Nordegg to the Onion Lake road, then west to the creek. Campground at Ram Falls. Upper Ram River regulations apply.
- Phyllis Lake – Travel west of Caroline on Hwy 54, cross the Clearwater River, then 6 km farther west, about 3 km north, and 2 km west. Electric motor only.
- Prairie Creek (North and Centre Forks) – Take Hwy 752 about 22 kms south and west from Rocky to Strachan, where the road crosses Prairie Creek. North and Centre forks join west of Strachan. The North Fork Prairie Creek Road follows the north fork of the creek; Hwy 752 follows the centre fork. Campgrounds located 2 km and 13 km west of Strachan. Catch and Release regulations apply from the North Fork Prairie Creek Road downstream to the Clearwater River.
- Ram River South – The Trunk Road crosses Ram River about 60 km south of Nordegg. Campground at Ram Falls.
- Strubel Lake – Travel south 10 km on Hwy 22, west 10 km on the Prairie Creek Road and then south 2 km. Day use site. Campground 2 km west of Strachan on Hwy 752. Max boat speed 12 km/h.
- Swan Lake – Travel about 35 km west of Caroline via Hwy 54 and 591, then 20 km north on a good gravel road. Watch for the sign. Max boat speed 12 km/h.
Fishing – The only Fishing Lodge in Central Alberta
Lazy M Lodge
Hosts: Marcel Gour & Randy McGhee
Phone: (403) 722-3053 Fax: (403) 722-3246
Location: East on Hwy 11 to secondary Hwy 761. South on 761 16 km to Range Road 37-2. West on 37-2 3.5 km follow the Lazy Cowboy signs.
Rates: Check website or call for current rates
Smoking: Outside only and in designated areas
Pets: Outdoor pets are welcome however no pets in Lodge
Meals: Home style prepared meals served at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Meals are only available with minimum 2 day notice.
Particulars: Eight rooms with two single beds, 4 complete with full ensuites, 4 with shared washroom facilities. Full board at designated meal times, alcohol welcome but not provided.
One bedroom apartment fully equipped may be rented on a minimum 3 day stay. Renter can provide and prepare their own meals or make arrangements to join scheduled meals in Lodge.
One rustic cabin in the woods, very secluded but within easy walking distance to Lodge, no washroom facilities but heat and power available. Meals can be obtained at Lodge with prior arrangements.
Located on the banks of the North Raven River, fly fishers have easy access to numerous streams in the area, while also having a "home base" to relax and be pampered. Special meal arrangements available to accommodate their schedule as well as numerous gathering areas to share their experiences with other fly fishers. 2011 will also bring the addition of a small fly fishing shop, boat rentals and two experienced guides on site.
* For additional information please click here.
Rigpig Creek • (403) 844-9396
Smitty's Outdoor Adventures • (403) 844-9468 • Cell: (403) 846-5919
Clearwater County has terrain for all levels of enjoyment. Whether you prefer a peaceful ride through the woods or a white knuckled downhill race, you're sure to find your biking bliss.
For trail information, regulations and conditions call the Visitor Information Centre at 1-800-565-3793 or visit their website here.
Rocky Mountain Bike 'n Board Bike Tours: (403) 845-2204
Fat Boyz Bike Rentals: (403) 844-2958
Frontier Lodge Bike Tours: (403) 721-2202
Paddling and Swimming
Clearwater County is home to many beautiful lakes and rivers. Come enjoy the water at one of our many inviting locations.
Lakes / Designated Swimming Spots
- Cow Lake – Located on Highway 752, about 15km south of Rocky Mountain House. Campground and boat launch on the west end.
- Crimson Lake – Travel west of Rocky 8 km on Hwy 11 and 6 km north on Crimson Lake Road. Campground, visitor Center, scheduled activities, walking trails, playground, and fast food concession.
- Abraham Lake – Use caution when boating due to submerged rock ledges and violent cross currents and winds. Fishing is good near the shore. Located along highway 11 about 25km west of Nordegg.
- Burnstick Lake – Located south and west of Caroline. Municipal campground at east end.
- Cow Lake – Located on Highway 752, about 15km south of Rocky Mountain House. Campground and boat launch on the west end.
- Crimson Lake – Travel west of Rocky 8 km on Hwy 11 and 6 km north on Crimson Lake Road. Campground, visitor Center, scheduled activities, walking trails, playground, and fast food concession No fishing.
- Fish Lake – Travel 5km west of Nordegg on Hwy 11, then 2km south. Campground. Electric motors only.
- Goldeye Lake – Travel 11km West of Nordegg on highway 11, then 2km north. Campground. Electric motors only.
- Jackfish Lake – Small Lake adjacent to Hwy 11 about 60 km west of Rocky Mountain House. Campground. Max boat speed 12km/h.
- Medicine Lake – Travel about 50km north of Rocky on Alder Flats Road (Hwy 22) then east to lake. Campground on the east side. Max boat speed 12km/hr.
- Mitchell Lake – Take highway 752 to the Everdale Road turnoff, continue on Everdale Road until you come to an intersection where the pavement ends, turn right, watch for signs. Road to lake turns left across a rocky pasture. Five walk-in campsites. Electric motors only.
- Phyllis Lake – Travel west of Caroline on Hwy 54, cross the Clearwater, then 6 km farther west, about 3 km north and 2km west. Electric motor only.
- Strubel Lake – Highway 11 east from Rocky Mtn. House to Hwy 22 south 10 km, west 10km and south 2 km. Watch for signs. Day use site. Campground 2 km west of Strachan on Hwy 752. Max boat speed 12km/hr.
- Swan Lake – Travel about 35 km west of Caroline via Hwy 54 and 591, then 20km north on good gravel road. Watch for sign.
- Twin Lakes – West of Rocky Mtn. House 8 km on Hwy 11 and 2 km north on Crimson Lake Road. Campground. Max boat speed 12km/h.
Canoe Trips and Rentals
Ph: (403) 845-4325
Located in Hela Ventures Campground, 24 km West on Hwy 11.
Rents canoes and offers guided tours. Also has a shuttle service.
Rocky Canoe Club
Ph: (403) 844-8411 Grant Chevalier
Canoe Rentals: (403) 800-4852
Rents canoes and kayaks. They do not offer a shuttle service but rents a trailer to transport the canoes and kayaks. The club also offers canoe and kayak lessons. You must purchase a membership to the canoe club in order to rent.
Western Wilderness Adventures
Ph: (403) 846-9026
Located: 19 km west of Nordegg, make a right turn before Crescent Falls access.
Inflatable fishing boats are equipped with trolling motor, net, paddles and life jackets. Canoes are equipped with paddles, net and life jackets. You must bring your own fishing gear. Boats are delivered to Goldeye Lake which has up to 51b. Rainbow Trout or to Fish Lake which holds up to 10lb. Rainbow Trout.
For recreational canoeing and kayaking inquiries (Water levels, Route information, River conditions etc.) contact: Paddle Alberta, call toll free at 1-877-388-2722 or visit their website here.