Riel Recreation Park Dock

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Big lake &
Sturgeon River
Canoe & KAYAK Rentals

Explore Big Lake and the Sturgeon River by Canoe & Kayak!

Riel Recreation Park Provides access to the East side of the Lake along the Sturgeon River in St. Albert. Perfect for Beginners!
Riel Recreation Park Location

Riel Recreation Park

The Boat Launch in Riel Recreation Park provides Canoe & Kayak access by the City of St. Albert from the Spring to the Fall.

This rental service starts at the Riel Recreation Park Dock and finishes at the Riel Recreation Park Dock. 

You are able to paddle upriver and explore Big Lake and/or paddle East towards St. Albert Down the Sturgeon River until the Trestle Bridge.

Going any further into St. Albert is highly dependent on water levels

Located Near Ray Gibbon Drive, the park is quite accessible from the Anthony Henday Drive and offers free parking, day-use areas, a trail system, and portable washrooms.

Water Paddles

duration : 2.5+ hours

price : $25 and up

start : Riel Recreation park

finish : riel recreation park

difficulty : beginner 

The water in the Park was quite low during our 2021 season, when the conditions are unfavourable we discontinue parking in Riel Recreation Park on weekends until further notice. 

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Thank you St. albert

big lake

Big Lake, a relatively little known jewel of the capital region, abuts the northwest corner of Edmonton and the southwest corner of St. Albert. Parkland County borders the lake on the south and Sturgeon County on the north.

Big Lake is part of the 260 km long Sturgeon River that begins at Hoople Lake and flows east to the North Saskatchewan River. Atim Creek flows into Big Lake from the west and Carrot Creek from the north.

Big Lake is about 8 km in length and 3 km at its widest point. At the delta, one of only three birdsfoot deltas to be found in Alberta, the lake narrows to 100m. The lake is shallow, with depths varying between 0.3 to 4.1 m. Banks along the southern shore are steep, directing the lake’s flood waters towards the west, north and east to feed surrounding marshlands during high water years.

Credit : The Big Lake Environment Support Society (BLESS)

Riel Recreation Park

available spring 2022!