Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Obed Lake

About Obed Lake

Obed Lake is a medium sized provincial park found about 23km east of Hinton, Alberta right before the crown land in the northern Rocky Mountains start. The park is just north of the Yellowhead highway in an wetland between the McLeod River and the Athabasca River. The park exists primarily for conservation of the wetlands and adjacent lakes. Despite the low wetlands, the regions near the highway and the Canadian National rail line are the highest elevation parts of those transport systems.

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Summer at Obed Lake

Obed Lake Provincial Park is focused around the lake itself. While it isn’t a great swimming lake, Obed does offer users with some good fishing and boating opportunities. It is popular for canoeing/kayaking, and power boating (although for conservation reasons there is a 12km/h speed limit). There is a very small campground for overnight trips, and geocaching is a popular activity here.

Winter at Obed Lake

In the wintertime, ice fishing is common on the lake.

Camping at Obed Lake

Obed Lake has one small campground for visitors.

CampgroundAmenitiesType of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night
Obed Lake Campground
(May 1 – October 31)
Firepits, Firewood (for sale), Outhouses, Water (pump), Boat LaunchUnserviced7$15.00
This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Obed Lake

Obed Lake has one day use area. There is access to the boat launch, fish cleaning stations, firepits, firewood (for sale), and outhouses available.


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 504km

Distance to Edmonton: 251km

Distance to Red Deer: 356km

Distance to Lethbridge: 707km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 374km

Coordinates: 53°33’37.2″N 117°08’20.0″W

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