Please keep fishing friendly, and keep sites clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

As of April 1, 2020 until further notice there will be no vehicle access to Beaver Lake and Fiesta Lake (depending upon physical distancing actions displayed by users, further restrictions may be put in place). This action has been taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to align with the direction of Ministry of Environment and Parks and the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Please consider being dropped off and picked up: you may still walk in as angling is still open. Please practice safe physical distancing guidelines of 2m (6ft) when fishing.

In addition, to reduce health risks to everyone, all ACA conservation site outhouses are now closed. The situation will be reassessed for May 2020 and depending upon site use or unsafe conditions, closures or additional access restrictions on other lakes may be required.

Please keep fishing friendly, and keep sites clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

Golden Ranches (D3-137)

Site Details

This 1,350-acre site is 15 km northwest of Tofield along the east shore of Cooking Lake. It can be accessed from RR 205, 210 or 211 or by Twp Rd 513A, 514 or 515. A private driveway leads to the two quarter sections (SW/SE-36-051-21-W4M) that are privately owned and not part of the site. The portion of NE-25-051-21-W4M lying north of the driveway is also privately owned and not part of the site. Located in the heart of the Cooking Lake Moraine, the site features an impressive 8 km of shoreline and provides an opportunity to view rare avian species, waterfowl and other water birds staging on the lake during migration. The upland habitat is a mixture of mature aspen forest and open grassland, providing habitat for wildlife including moose, white-tailed and mule deer, elk and grouse.


Day use only. No open fires. Foot access only.


Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Fish and Game Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Edmonton and Area Land Trust, Matrix Solutions Inc., Nature Conservancy of Canada, Suncor Energy Foundation, Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Quarter Sections

NE-30-051-20-W4M, NW/SW/SE-31-051-20-W4M, NW-24-051-21-W4M, NW/NE/SW/SE-25-051-21-W4M, NE/SE-35-051-21-W4M, NW/NE-36-051-21-W4M

Wildlife Management Units


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