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Spray Lake, Alberta

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#78 of 125 in Nature in Alberta
Spray Lakes Reservoir is a reservoir in Alberta, Canada. The Spray Lakes were a string of lakes formed along the Spray River, a tributary of the Bow River. With the damming of the river, the lakes were united in the Spray Lakes Reservoir.It lies between the Goat Range and the Three Sisters ridge, at an elevation of 1720m. The lake is followed by Highway 742 (Smith Dorrien Trail) in the northern part.The lake is fed by the following waterways: Bryant CreekTurbulent CreekCurrie CreekWatridge CreekSpray RiverSmuts CreekSpurling Creek The lake is drained by the Goat Creek, which empties into the Bow River about 25km to the northwest, at the town of Banff. Part of the water is diverted for hydroelectric purposes from Goat Pond via an open canal and through a canal tunnel into Whiteman's Pond and towards Canmore.ParksThe lake lies in the recreational area of Kananaskis Country, and defines the eastern edge of Spray Valley Provincial Park. An assortment of recreational areas are established on both shores. Spray Lakes West Provincial Recreation AreaSparrowhawk Provincial Recreation AreaBuller Mountain Provincial Recreation AreaMount Shark Trailhead Provincial Recreation Area The western shore is paralleled by hiking trails, and picnic sites and campgrounds are set up on both sides of the lake.
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  • Went here for early morning drive and stopped to have breakfast. Very peaceful and quiet- no one else around! Wouldn't go out of my way, but good spot if you're looking to experience the great outdoor...  more »
  • Private, rustic camp spots with no amenities. (except porta potties) Hard to get the site you want but wonderful when you do. The drive up is one of our favorites. Better to take a truck. We will be b...  more »
  • This is a definitely must do in your trip. You get a great view of the town from up in the mountains. We went at 8:30pm but didn't see any wildlife. It's a beautiful drive and there are some lakes. We...  more »
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  • Beautiful views. I came during winter so the lake was frozen over. The sun was out and the snow looked like shining crystals. It was really a breathtaking sight with the Rockies in the background and the snow covered trees.
  • Went skating here and would definitely recommend that again. Neff to earmark that time I fall when the weather is cold enough but no snow. Need to persevere on the drive as it is quite far down the road. Next time i would try and head further along the lake as the ice was pretty bumpy near the Canmore end. From other pics i think it looked better down the way.
  • Great spot to go dog sledding in the winter. Views are incredible
  • My favorite place to spend the weekend. Relatively short drive from Calgary, stunning views, wildlife, good hikes, everything you can ask for!
  • Away from civilazion, just the lake and mountains... Beautiful!

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