The Town of High River is working with Alberta Environment to find licensing options to continue diverting water from the Little Bow into Emerson Lake. Last year, Alberta Environment discontinued the Town’s temporary diversion license to reroute water from the Little Bow into Emerson Lake.
It’s important to the Town to keep Emerson Lake functional for High River residents, and are working to get this resolved as soon as possible. Starting on June 18, the Town will be monitoring the water level and quality. Water samples will be taken from the Lake, and angling or gill netting will be done to collect fish specimen. The information gathered will be used as a benchmark for ongoing monitoring.
Although the water levels appear lower than usual, Emerson Lake continues to hold a healthy water level to support fish habitat and recreational use at the lake. Emerson Lake’s maximum depth is 30 feet and provides ample conditions to support fish habitat.
About Emerson Lake
- Emerson Lake was created by the Town, in partnership with Alberta Environment, in the early 1980s.
- The purpose of the lake was to provide angling opportunities for High River residents and other Albertans.
- Every year, Alberta Environment stocks the Lake with rainbow trout. Anglers may choose to keep or release the trout they catch.
- Due to the unpredictable water quality, swimming and wading in the lake is prohibited.
- Use of the lake is also done at your own risk. The area is not supervised nor monitored at any time of the year.