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.

CALIDAD DE AGUA
  • No data available
  • Estado Actual
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on Junio 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 at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled semanalmente from 29 Mayo to 1 Septiembre

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province in five zones: North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, and South. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed in environmental labs.

This site is usually sampled on a weekly basis for thermotolerant coliforms and at varying frequencies for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with standards outlined in a previous version of the General Nuisance and Sanitation Regulation, under Alberta’s Public Health Act. New standards are currently being developed.

Thermotolerant coliforms serve as an indicator of faecal contamination, which poses a human health risk. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when tests for thermotolerant coliforms over the preceding 30 days produce results with a geometric mean greater than 200 colony forming units per 100 millilitres of water (200 CFU/100ml). An advisory may also be issued when any single sample exceeds 400 CFU/100ml, although this may first lead to further investigation.

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, and Swim Guide. Swim Guide posts all advisories that are announced, but is not able to directly share monitoring data for this beach on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey, and any posted advisories will appear on the beach page. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to thermotolerant coliforms, 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 www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp, circulated by local media, and posted to Swim Guide. 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.

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Little Bow Provincial Park

Vulcan, Alberta

CALIDAD DE AGUA
  • No data available
  • Estado Actual
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on Junio 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 at
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.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled semanalmente from 29 Mayo to 1 Septiembre

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province in five zones: North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, and South. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed in environmental labs.

This site is usually sampled on a weekly basis for thermotolerant coliforms and at varying frequencies for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with standards outlined in a previous version of the General Nuisance and Sanitation Regulation, under Alberta’s Public Health Act. New standards are currently being developed.

Thermotolerant coliforms serve as an indicator of faecal contamination, which poses a human health risk. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when tests for thermotolerant coliforms over the preceding 30 days produce results with a geometric mean greater than 200 colony forming units per 100 millilitres of water (200 CFU/100ml). An advisory may also be issued when any single sample exceeds 400 CFU/100ml, although this may first lead to further investigation.

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, and Swim Guide. Swim Guide posts all advisories that are announced, but is not able to directly share monitoring data for this beach on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey, and any posted advisories will appear on the beach page. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to thermotolerant coliforms, 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 www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp, circulated by local media, and posted to Swim Guide. 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.

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