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Publications & Resources

Download Buffalo Lake Integrated Shoreland Management Plan 

This document provides an overview of the completed Plan (154 pages)

Download Buffalo Lake Integrated Shoreland Management Plan Synopsis

This document provides an overview of the completed Plan (34 pages)

Download Parlby Creek – Buffalo Lake Water Management Project Water Quality Update: 1999-2002 (September 2004)

A diversion from the Red Deer River to raise the water level in Buffalo Lake began in spring 1996 and has continued through 2002. Diversions are expected to continue each summer until the water level reaches the target elevation. Pre-project water quality studies suggested that algal populations could increase in Buffalo Lake, because the lake’s salinity would be reduced by dilution from diversion water. As well, the diversion represents an enhanced nutrient load, which could also increase algal growth in the lake. Thus, there is potential for the degradation of water quality in the lake with the diversion in place, and water quality monitoring has been conducted in all post-diversion years through 2002. The purpose of this report is to update water quality data obtained from sites in Alix Lake and in Buffalo Lake during the summers following the previous water quality update (Mitchell, 1999). (62 pages)


Buffalo Lake Water Level Monitoring

An Water Survey of Canada automatic gauging station at Rochon Sands monitors the water levels in Buffalo Lake. Please visit Alberta Rivers website to view current water levels.


Buffalo Lake Water Quality Monitoring

Alberta Environment and Parks

The Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) conducts water quality monitoring at Alberta lakes on an ongoing basis.



Additional Information About Lakeshores

For information on water body navigability, boating safety, and private buoys and other navigational aids, visit the Canadian Coast Guard website:

For information on deleterious substances, fish habitat, and harmful alternation, disruption or destruction (HADD) of fish habitat, visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website at:

In Alberta, Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices are located in Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton and Peace River. For addresses and other contact information for each of these Alberta District offices, visit:


Respect our Lakes Program

Respect our Lakes (ROL) is an education program of Alberta Environment and Parks that aims to raise awareness and build understanding about lake and lakeshore regulations, science and management including promotion of what Albertans can do to foster healthy lake living. ROL acts as an “umbrella” for information and resources available to Albertans regarding our lakes. ROL is working to increase respect for our lakes.

ROL Lake Information Resources

ROL Lake Legislation

ROL “Spotlight Topics”



Additional Resources on Lakeshore Use

Prussian Carp found in the Red Deer River

See the following attachments related to Prussian Carp found in the Red Deer River and the implications for the Buffalo Lake pumping project. Prussian Carp & Lake Stabilization License Suspensions – FAQ AIS-Quickfacts-PrussianCarp-May2015

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