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Chain Lakes Provincial Park Beach, AB


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Chain Lakes Provincial Park Beach Short Term Forecast

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Chain Lakes PP Beach is more of a wading beach than a swimming beach and there is no marked swimming area. The area around the small sandy/rocky beach is large and grassy with all of the amenities required for a day by the water. The location and views are very pretty. There is a boat launch and fishing from shore and boat seems the activity of choice. Power Boating: 12 km/h speed limit.NO TOWING allowed - water skiing tubing and wake boarding prohibited. The lake was created by an earthen dam near the day use area. Water levels can fluctuate over the season. __The reservoir was named for the three Chain Lakes that nearly filled the area now covered by the reservoir. These lakes were fed by numerous springs in winter the ice was often so thin that buffalo crossing the lakes would break through and drown (Finlay and Finlay 1987). Cattle grazing has been the major land use since the first ranches were established in the late 1800s. In 1957 the provincial government approached the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) to consider developing storage on Willow Creek to ensure a continuous water supply downstream mostly to guarantee municipal supply for the towns of Claresholm and Granum (Agric. Can. 1961). In 1966 the PFRA built two dams the south one across Willow Creek and the north one across Meinsinger Creek. By 1967 the reservoir was full.(
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