Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, AB
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park Short Term Forecast
Miquelon beach is a very popular camping and day-tripper beach because of the close proximity to Edmonton. The beach is sandy and the water is usually clear and shallow. The water of the lake is more saline than other lakes in the region so algae is less of a concern. The beach has a lot of room for activities and picnicing and the gradual slope and shallow waters in the swimming area makes it popular for families with young children. The water close to the beach can become foamy and soupy and the sand sticky in the months of July and August. The beach area close to the water has an odour on still days but this was usually a nuisance concern not a health concern in previous years. The day use area and campground are both very popular and have all of the upgraded amenities required for a day at the beach including a playground and modern WC/change rooms/showers. It is a 100 metre walk on paved sidewalk to the beach from the parking lot. NOTE from the Alberta Parks website in 2014: Miquelon Lake is currently less than ideal for swimming due to natural water quality issues. The lake contains naturally high levels of salts and sulfates that become more concentrated when lake levels are low as they are now. This diminishes water quality for swimming and contributes to odours in the warmer months of summer. Low water levels in Miquelon Lake have necessitated closure of power boat launching facilities.http://www.albertaparks.ca/miquelon-lakeNOTE: There was a water quality advisory for Miquelon Lake in August 2013. The beach and lake were open for the whole of the 2011 and 2012 bathing seasons.
Tested weekly from May 30 to August 30
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