The Red Deer Fish and Game Habitat Land is a camping area available for Red Deer Fish and Game members and their guest’s first visit. It includes a group area campsite with washrooms and showers, a group fire pit and a group area with a wood burning stove for inclement weather. Camping is $20.00 per night per unit with a maximum stay of 2 weeks.
The access privilege to this land is included in both a Basic Membership and a Range+Basic membership.
The Archery Range, here at the Habitat Land, is now fully functional. Access to it is at the bottom of the hill near the boat launch. There is a sign beside the brown gate pointing the way. It’s foot access only. The yardage to the targets is from the front of the shelter (20-80 yards).
FYI: The target boxes open to the side now. Close them when done, please. Please don’t move the target boxes around. Use the broadhead target box (on wheels) if you need to adjust your range to different yardages. If you find a flat tire or any other malfunctioning of these boxes, please notify me, Devin Snideman at 403-391-6194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI: There is shelter and a picnic table at the archery range. There’s no garbage can so please take out any garbage with you. FYI: Cigarette butts need to go into the cigarette can, please.
Note: You MUST sign into the sign up sheet/book each time you are there.
Warning: A bell has been put at the trail head past the range to alert shooters of on-coming hikers. Hikers please us this alert system to avoid incidents. Shooters be respectful of the hikers. Upon hearing the bell no more shooting until hikers have cleared the area.
There are about 5 – 6 kilometers of maintained trails throughout the 320 acres, the habitat land has many sloughs, lots of bush with some hay land. There are three different trail routes that start and end at the campground, the longest trail takes you to the boundaries of the Habitat Land, the longest trail has been name the cardio trail if you travel it from the north side to the south side. The shortest route is 1.6 kilometers long and follows the shores of the West Lake (lower trout pond).
There are two fishponds that are stocked annually with Rainbow Trout and both ponds have compressors that ensure the fish survive winters and summers. There are some new fish retention rules for the lower pond (West Lake) and anglers need to read the signs placed near the two docks regarding daily and annual retention prior to harvesting any fish. The club has a very active and successful stocking program that is intended to give anglers an excellent opportunity to catch fish not how many fish you can harvest each time you go fishing.
From Red Deer (hwy 2A & 595):
21 kms. east on the Delburne highway (595) to secondary 816
4.2 kms south on secondary 816.
East (left) into the property.
From the Penhold overpass on highway 2:
East on highway 42 for 21.6 kms to secondary 816
7.7 kms. North on secondary 816
East (right) into the property
For more information and bookings, please contact:
Harold Drok – 403-877-2403
Habitat Land Fisheries
There are two fisheries at the Habitat Land, a Children’s Pond and West Lake. The Children’s Pond was constructed in 2004 and is stocked annually with 200 rainbow trout. The pond is aerated year ‘round and water levels are maintained during the open water season with a solar powered pump. In winter the water levels drop by several feet and there is often an area of open water and thin ice near the aeration diffuser so that ice conditions are not safe. There are no catch limits, size limits or gear restrictions for children, however the RDFGA recommends that children be accompanied by an adult and/or wear a personal flotation device while fishing.
West Lake is a 20 acre lake in the south west corner of the habitat land. In 2012 a new aeration system was installed that operates year ‘round. The lake is stocked annually with 2000 to 3000 rainbow trout. There are 2 docks and a boat launch. One dock is reserved for fishing only. Because of the aeration system, there are areas of open water and thin ice in winter so ice conditions are unsafe. There is a one fish per person daily limit and a 10 fish per family annual limit on West Lake.
Habitat Land Rules
The Habitat Land, campground are maintained by volunteers and members are expected to respect the Habitat Land rules including keeping your dogs on a lease regardless of the size in the campground and trails to the fish ponds. Members walking the trails away from the fishponds and camping area are not expected to have their dogs on a lease but should pick up their business if they use the trail.
Booking the Habitat Land for Events
If you would like to book the F&G Habitat Land, please call: Harold Drok at 403-877-2403 or email at email@example.com. Booking youth groups is the Habitat Land priority and we do not book the Habitat Land on Long Weekends, the campground is reserved for the Red Deer Fish & Game Members. The campground cannot be booked for exclusive use, groups using the campground and bathrooms may be sharing the facilities with members camping or fishing at the Habitat Land.
Have fun and enjoy. All we ask is you clean up after yourself, pack your garbage home and leave it neat and tidy for the next person.