I ducked out after work one day in early September to paddle Hasse Lake, just SW of Stony Plain.
Access is through a recreation area maintained by Parkland County. There is a big dock, parking, a port-a-potty, a playground, and a boat launch.
Once away from shore, the water clearer up some and was a murky iced-tea colour. Lots of birds and some fish evident in the lake.
The most interesting part was a group of pelicans on the island the middle. They sunned themselves for most of my paddle and then went fishing near the end.
The lake itself is fine and it was a very nice day. The shore is all reeds (small beach by playground) with bushes or trees in behind it.
Lots of water fowl and shore birds. I would think this would be a bird watchers paradise in the spring.