Little Bow Provincial Park

Vulcan, Alberta

The Little Bow PP beach is located on Travers Reservoir approximately 20km South of the Town of Vulcan. The beach is great for kids as it is a horseshoe shape surrounded by trees and picnic tables. As this is a reservoir beach, the water levels and swimming area can vary widely throughout the year. As a result some visitors take to their boats at the nearby boat launch for water activities on the reservoir. Kids will like the abundance of sand and the playground nearby. There is a campground with 205 sites. This campground offers campsites for both tents and larger RV's, group camping, picnic shelters, public phone, snack bar, showers, water, fire wood, picnic tables, sani dump, boat launch, boat rentals, fish cleaning station, horseshoe pits and play grounds. Little Bow Campground is very popular and is often fully booked in the summer. Travers Reservoir was created from the nearby damming of the Bow River and offers good Pike and Walleye fishing. Throughout the Little Bow campground you'll see very large Balsam Poplar tress and may even see some 'Great Horned Owls'. Night skies here are good for star gazing, it ranks # 3 on the Bortle Scale. (Campground information courtesy of AlbertaWoW).

Little Bow Provincial Park is a recreation destination and campground park located south of the community of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada in the Southern Alberta Foothills region of the Canadian Badlands.

Alberta, Canada things to doVulcan, Alberta, Canada photo galleryThe 36 hectare (90 acre) park was first established in 1954 on the western shores of Travers Reservoir. The reservoir is a man-made lake created from dams on the Little Bow River in Southern Alberta.

Little Bow Provincial Park is one of the most popular and visited recreation destinations near Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. There is a sandy beach with picnic tables, fire pits, washrooms and a swimming area with a floating dock.

Nearby is a boat launch and a long floating pier available for launching activities like boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing , wind surfing and for fishing.

Little Bow Provincial Park is also a birdwatching destination for many. The park falls within the "McGregor Lake & Travers Reservoir Bird Area".

Birding includes waterfowl sightings like ducks, geese and white pelicans. There are song birds in the trees and predator birds like the peregrine falcon soaring in the sky high above.

During the winter months, after the snow has fallen and the lake has frozen over, the reservoir becomes a popular destination for ice fishing.

Photo Credit: Geoff Sowrey / Flickr

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 19th, 2017. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 26th, 2017 at 4:07 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Little Bow Provincial Park is sampled weekly from May 29th from September 1st.

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria. Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml. When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.In addition to Enterococcus, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

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Little Bow Provincial Park

Vulcan, Alberta

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 19th, 2017. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 26th, 2017 at 4:07 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Little Bow PP beach is located on Travers Reservoir approximately 20km South of the Town of Vulcan. The beach is great for kids as it is a horseshoe shape surrounded by trees and picnic tables. As this is a reservoir beach, the water levels and swimming area can vary widely throughout the year. As a result some visitors take to their boats at the nearby boat launch for water activities on the reservoir. Kids will like the abundance of sand and the playground nearby. There is a campground with 205 sites. This campground offers campsites for both tents and larger RV's, group camping, picnic shelters, public phone, snack bar, showers, water, fire wood, picnic tables, sani dump, boat launch, boat rentals, fish cleaning station, horseshoe pits and play grounds. Little Bow Campground is very popular and is often fully booked in the summer. Travers Reservoir was created from the nearby damming of the Bow River and offers good Pike and Walleye fishing. Throughout the Little Bow campground you'll see very large Balsam Poplar tress and may even see some 'Great Horned Owls'. Night skies here are good for star gazing, it ranks # 3 on the Bortle Scale. (Campground information courtesy of AlbertaWoW).

Little Bow Provincial Park is a recreation destination and campground park located south of the community of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada in the Southern Alberta Foothills region of the Canadian Badlands.

Alberta, Canada things to doVulcan, Alberta, Canada photo galleryThe 36 hectare (90 acre) park was first established in 1954 on the western shores of Travers Reservoir. The reservoir is a man-made lake created from dams on the Little Bow River in Southern Alberta.

Little Bow Provincial Park is one of the most popular and visited recreation destinations near Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. There is a sandy beach with picnic tables, fire pits, washrooms and a swimming area with a floating dock.

Nearby is a boat launch and a long floating pier available for launching activities like boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing , wind surfing and for fishing.

Little Bow Provincial Park is also a birdwatching destination for many. The park falls within the "McGregor Lake & Travers Reservoir Bird Area".

Birding includes waterfowl sightings like ducks, geese and white pelicans. There are song birds in the trees and predator birds like the peregrine falcon soaring in the sky high above.

During the winter months, after the snow has fallen and the lake has frozen over, the reservoir becomes a popular destination for ice fishing.

Photo Credit: Geoff Sowrey / Flickr

Monitoring Frequency

Little Bow Provincial Park is sampled weekly from May 29th from September 1st.

Source Information

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria. Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml. When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.In addition to Enterococcus, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

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