Moonshine Lake Provincial Park Day Use Area Beach

Grande Prairie, Alberta

There is a sandy beach with a playground, picnic tables, and gazebos at the the
day use area of Moonshine Lake PP. The beach area is easy to access from the parking lot and there are washrooms. This is a swimming beach with an unsupervised swimming area.

There are also camping, hiking, and birdwatching opportunities in the park, which is close to Spirit River.

Surrounded by diverse boreal mixed wood forests, Moonshine Lake offers a variety of year-round
recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities. Cast a line for trout from shore, from a boat (electric
motors only), or through the ice.

As early as 1910, this small lake was located on what was known as the Moonshine Trail. The lake was
originally called Mirage Lake. Local folklore tells of two men, Jack Campbell and Harry Hanrahan, who
while climbing the steep bank of the north shore of the lake in the 1920's, spilled their home-brewed
moonshine. It has been known as Moonshine Lake ever since.

Photo credit: Saddle Hills County website

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
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  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
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Current Weather
-17°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Moonshine Lake Provincial Park Day Use Area Beach is sampled weekly from May 30th from August 30th.

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors 46 freshwater beaches across the province. AHS monitors the province’s five zones: Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, and South. Water samples are collected and processed by summer students hired by AHS each season.

AHS monitors public beaches from approximately June 1 (weather permitting) to September (around Labour Day weekend). Most sites are monitored on a weekly basis, though some sites are monitored less frequently. Water quality testing done by AHS is based on standards outlined in the General Nuisance and Sanitation Regulation, under Alberta’s Public Health Act. AHS tests for fecal coliform and blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).Faecal ContaminationUnder the guidelines put forth by AHS, no person shall operate or permit the operation of a beach or constructed beach unless the water quality in the swimming or bathing area meets the following standards:Two consecutive values at < /400 CFU/100 mLANDA geometric mean < /= 200 CFU/100 mL over a 30-day periodWhere the water quality in swimming/bathing areas of a beach or constructed beach does not comply with these standards, an executive officer may erect a notice or require the owner or operator to erect a notice to the effect that the beach or constructed beach is unfit for swimming or bathing. If a beach does not meet the standards, a Contaminated Water Health Advisory is issued. Signs are posted at the recreational site and an advisory is posted on the AHS website (http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp). They are also communicated through the Swim Guide app and website and sent out to all local-area media surrounding a lake, as well as tweeted by AHS. Health advisories are rescinded when the above standards are met. CyanobacteriaRecreational water bodies and associated recreational sites are monitored by AHS EHOs and Practicum students for cyanobacteria. AHS personnel completes visual inspections of the lakes and also collects water samples for lab testing. For more information on cyanobacteria, AHS has developed an FAQ: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/news/advisories/ne-pha-bga-faq-2015.pdf. AHS issues Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Advisories when blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms are identified, as that presence can pose a risk to human health. Advisories are posted online to www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp. These advisories are sent out to local-area media surrounding a lake, tweeted by AHS and communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. When a bloom is identified, related signage is posted around the entire water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists. Monitoring StatusA beach is marked Green when two consecutive single sample results are under 400 CFU/100 mL AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples) is less than 200 CFU/100 mL over a 30-day period.A beach is marked Red when two consecutive single sample results are equal to or above 400 CFU/100 mL AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples) are equal to or greater than 200 CFU/100 mL over a 30-day period.A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

Water Quality Graph

Moonshine Lake Provincial Park Day Use Area Beach

Grande Prairie, Alberta

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
-17°C
Clear and sunny

There is a sandy beach with a playground, picnic tables, and gazebos at the the
day use area of Moonshine Lake PP. The beach area is easy to access from the parking lot and there are washrooms. This is a swimming beach with an unsupervised swimming area.

There are also camping, hiking, and birdwatching opportunities in the park, which is close to Spirit River.

Surrounded by diverse boreal mixed wood forests, Moonshine Lake offers a variety of year-round
recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities. Cast a line for trout from shore, from a boat (electric
motors only), or through the ice.

As early as 1910, this small lake was located on what was known as the Moonshine Trail. The lake was
originally called Mirage Lake. Local folklore tells of two men, Jack Campbell and Harry Hanrahan, who
while climbing the steep bank of the north shore of the lake in the 1920's, spilled their home-brewed
moonshine. It has been known as Moonshine Lake ever since.

Photo credit: Saddle Hills County website

Monitoring Frequency

Moonshine Lake Provincial Park Day Use Area Beach is sampled weekly from May 30th from August 30th.

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors 46 freshwater beaches across the province. AHS monitors the province’s five zones: Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, and South. Water samples are collected and processed by summer students hired by AHS each season.

AHS monitors public beaches from approximately June 1 (weather permitting) to September (around Labour Day weekend). Most sites are monitored on a weekly basis, though some sites are monitored less frequently. Water quality testing done by AHS is based on standards outlined in the General Nuisance and Sanitation Regulation, under Alberta’s Public Health Act. AHS tests for fecal coliform and blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).Faecal ContaminationUnder the guidelines put forth by AHS, no person shall operate or permit the operation of a beach or constructed beach unless the water quality in the swimming or bathing area meets the following standards:Two consecutive values at < /400 CFU/100 mLANDA geometric mean < /= 200 CFU/100 mL over a 30-day periodWhere the water quality in swimming/bathing areas of a beach or constructed beach does not comply with these standards, an executive officer may erect a notice or require the owner or operator to erect a notice to the effect that the beach or constructed beach is unfit for swimming or bathing. If a beach does not meet the standards, a Contaminated Water Health Advisory is issued. Signs are posted at the recreational site and an advisory is posted on the AHS website (http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp). They are also communicated through the Swim Guide app and website and sent out to all local-area media surrounding a lake, as well as tweeted by AHS. Health advisories are rescinded when the above standards are met. CyanobacteriaRecreational water bodies and associated recreational sites are monitored by AHS EHOs and Practicum students for cyanobacteria. AHS personnel completes visual inspections of the lakes and also collects water samples for lab testing. For more information on cyanobacteria, AHS has developed an FAQ: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/news/advisories/ne-pha-bga-faq-2015.pdf. AHS issues Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Advisories when blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms are identified, as that presence can pose a risk to human health. Advisories are posted online to www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp. These advisories are sent out to local-area media surrounding a lake, tweeted by AHS and communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. When a bloom is identified, related signage is posted around the entire water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists. Monitoring StatusA beach is marked Green when two consecutive single sample results are under 400 CFU/100 mL AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples) is less than 200 CFU/100 mL over a 30-day period.A beach is marked Red when two consecutive single sample results are equal to or above 400 CFU/100 mL AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples) are equal to or greater than 200 CFU/100 mL over a 30-day period.A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

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