Looming above the otherwise Adirondack-like landscape of Beaver Mines Lake is an errant piece of Wyoming. Table Mountain and its dramatic slope of multi-hued scree is a formation of eroded rock that might be familiar in the Western deserts, but seems out of place in the Canadian Rockies.
Beaver Mines Lake is a popular weekend and summer camping destination for regional residents. Visitors seeking quiet and solitude should be advised that motorized all-terrain vehicles are allowed. Fortunately, the first lakeside loop is off-limits to ATVs. Individual sites in the well-treed campground are large and widely spaced.
There are 97 semi-developed campsites, as well as pit toilets, fire pits, and well water. There are no electrical hookups or sewage disposal facilities.
The lakeside day use area is equipped with picnic tables and fire pits.
Access to Lake or River
Maintained Gravel Road
The lake is stocked with rainbow trout. In the campground area, folding chairs are a popular platform for relaxed spincasting. This is a satisfying experience for camping anglers who enjoy catching their supper, without the guilt of extracting wild fish from their natural environment.
Rivers and streams are reserved for wild fish, and anglers who kill and keep their prey risk attracting frowns from catch-and-releasers. Not all fish survive release, however, and the piscivore who limits his take to the legal limit merits no more guilt than the angler who catches and releases from dawn to dusk.
Lakes in Alberta are stocked specifically for a put-and-take, qualm-free fishery.
Easy launching of canoes and kayaks. Human development is concentrated at the south end of the lake, reserving the rest for near-wilderness paddling in a dramatic mountain landscape.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
From Alberta Highway 3 at Burmis, drive south on Secondary Highway 507 to the hamlet of Beaver Mines. Keep left on Secondary Highway 774 until the sign directing lake-bound traffic east on a fine gravel road.
Boat Access Locations
A boat launch is available from the day-use area.
Fishing Access Highlights