Lake Stewardship

Lake Stewardship


Regarding your question of jurisdiction over use of the water, I recommend that you contact Transport Canada. They are the governing body behind boat safety, speed limits etc. You can find their contact information here:

AB Environment

Some of our residents would like to know if for instance bull rush can be removed or whether some level of approval is required? 

Some waterfront and semi waterfront holders have the ability to clear vegetation under the new Disturbance Standard, please see here Disturbance standard for temporary seasonal docks and other mooring structures for personal recreational purposes - Open Government (


Also, what about the extension or building of boat launches – what approvals are required and what are the timelines for these approvals?

Boat launches are different from the temporary, seasonal structures described under the Disturbance standard. They require the submission and approval of a permanent disposition to construct or continue to use them. Info about submitting a DLO application for this purpose can be found here Public Lands Dispositions |


One of the key questions also for us is the areas between lake property boundaries and the water’s edge or riparian areas – what regulations are in place that control the footprint on these areas and what avenues are available to address the cleaning up of weeds, dead plant material and so forth?

Depends where it is in the summer village, if there is an Environmental reserve or Municipal reserve between private property owners and the lake. The care and control of that property would depend who it is titled to, usually the County or the Summer village. AEP has jurisdiction over the permanent, naturally occurring bed and shore of the lake which is a natural boundary that may change from year to year. Waterfront and semi waterfront holders can clear vegetation in this part of the lake according to the Disturbance Standard I have attached above.

More fact sheets about ownership and shoreline management can be found here Lakeshores |


Also: what jurisdiction does a municipality have over the use of the water – can it control/restrict the use of jetboats on the actual lake within its municipal boundaries?

I agree with Craig’s info about contacting the federal government on this item.


More information on lakes


Lakeshores –

Shorelands – Approvals and Regulatory Requirements

Aquatic Vegetation Removal –

Respect Our Lakes –

Lake Information –

Lac Ste. Anne

Aquatic Invasive Species

The Law and the Lake

Flowering Rush is a prohibited, noxious weed that has been introduced into several Alberta water bodies.  It is an aquatic plant that grows as an emergent plant along shorelines of both lakes and rivers. Flowering Rush was brought to North America from Europe as a garden plant.  This variety will form dense stands which will interfere with recreational lake use.  Flowering Rush crowds out our native plants and has the potential to fill in an entire lake if left uncontrolled.

For more information – visit the Lake Isle Lac Ste. Anne (LILSA) website

Lake Water Levels

Looking for information on water levels in Lac St. Anne either historically or in real-time? They can be found here.


Effective immediately, a Temporary Field Authorization (TFA) will be required for placing a mooring structure for personal recreational use in Crown owned bed and shore, for longer than 14 days.

Mooring structures include:

Docks / Piers

Mooring Anchors for Buoys

Boatlifts and Shelters

Swimming Rafts and Wharves

For more information contact:

Chris Vierath, RPFT

Senior Lands Officer

Alberta Environment and Parks

Tel 780-778-7108


Events and Info

Respect Our Lakes | AEP - Environment and Parks

Lakes are one of the most treasured aspects of the Alberta landscape. They have become an integral part of many lives, whether you are a long-time lake resident or someone who visits lakes occasionally for boating, fishing or wildlife watching. Unfortunately, many lakes and watersheds in Alberta have seen extensive land clearing and development, resulting in large amounts of nutrients entering lakes and lake sediments. Years of reduced rainfall coupled with excess nutrients has resulted in lakes that have many water quality issues, such as excess aquatic vegetation growth or extensive blue-green algae blooms.

The Respect Our Lakes (ROL) program was developed within the Government of Alberta and aims to support and engage Albertans in lake stewardship. The program provides the tools and resources to help lake users understand, value, and actively manage lakes through the application of relevant legislation and science.

Check out this AEP part on Shorelines:


Maintaining the health of Alberta’s lakes is everyone’s responsibility. Actions of individual lakeshore residents, decision makers and land users around the lake add up to make a huge difference. Here are some examples of what you can do:

  • Have your septic system inspected regularly and empty septic tanks as recommended

  • Keep wheels out of the water – regulations prohibit people from using off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on the beds and shores of a permanent and naturally occurring body of water

  • Leave your shoreline and aquatic vegetation in its natural condition – in fact, it is illegal to do any shoreline modifications or aquatic vegetation removal without written authorization from Alberta Environment and Parks

  • Plant native plants and shrubs where shorelines have been cleared

  • Refuel your boat using spill control devices or fill tanks well away from water

  • Use no fertilizers or only organic, slow-release fertilizers placed well away from the shoreline

  • Watch for aquatic invasive species and report or remove as appropriate