We spent a few days on Lake Isle in July. There are multiple access points but one of the easiest to find is the boat launch at Kokomoko Recreation area on the south side of the lake, just north of Seba Beach. Easiest route is Highway 16 west to Sea Beach overpass, then north on Range Road 60 until you hit Township Road 534, then west to the water.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Star Lake is located SW of Stony Plain mostly known as a fishing hole. It is maybe 500m east-west and slightly longer north-south so the shoreline would be 2 km, maybe? It is on the way to Mayatan lake (which is a nicer paddle). Easiest access is west on Highway 16, south on Highway 770, then west again on Township Road 524.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
I had a chance to paddle Mayatan Lake in late June. The lake is located SW of Stony Plain. Getting there is a touch tricky.
I came off Highway 16, turned south on Highway 770 (the Carvel Turn), then west on Township Road 524 (turning at Mink Lake), then north at Range Road 25 (Star Lake), then west on Township Road 524A, then south on Range Road 30 into Mayatan Lake Estates. Setting your GPS to Mayatan Estates is probably the easiest option.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
A tip from a fellow on the Facebook took me to Sandy Lake, which is about 40 minutes NW of Edmonton by the Alexander First Nation. The best access is from the east on Highway 642 (which takes off from Morinville at the Highway 2 overpass). We came up from Highway 16, but ran into Covid road blocks on some of the secondary north-south roads.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
The campground has a day use area with a sandy boat launch on the north shore. The access fee is $20 per car to use the launch. There are washrooms and decent parking. The rest of the lakeshore is private property and I didn't see any other access points. I expect this lake would be hopping on the weekend.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
I tried out Half Moon Lake a week or so back. This Half Moon Lake is located south and east of Sherwood Park. You can come at it a couple of different ways. If you come in off Township Road 520 on the south side, you can access the lake through the Half Moon Lake Resort. This includes a beach (see below) and boat launch. I understand there is a small day-use fee to launch from here ($10/person).
The other options require you go east from Sherwood Park on Wye Road then turn south down Range Road 220 and come at the lake from the North. There are two public access points that I have flagged in the screen cap below. Both are a little tricky to find. As you drive eastward along the north shore of the lake, there are three Canada Post super boxes. The launches are across from the second and third boxes.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
We took a three-hour trip down the North Saskatchewan River last week. We put in below the Quesnel Bridge. The water was up a tiny bit over summer levels but there doesn't appear to be much of a spring surge this year.
The Edmonton Queen is still in dry dock at Whitemud Creek.
There were a few boats on the water that day. A few days later it was +30 and the river had 100 kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards plus people lounging on all of the available beach space. Also swimmers!
Accidental beach was looking a bit beat up when we floated by. It isn't clear to me if the city will be keeping the berms that created the beach.