Lower Kananaskis Lake

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Lower Kananaskis Lake
Kananaskis Lakes aerial2.jpg
Lower and Upper Kananaskis Lakes
LocationKananaskis, Alberta
Coordinates50°39′22″N 115°08′13″W / 50.65611°N 115.13694°W / 50.65611; -115.13694Coordinates: 50°39′22″N 115°08′13″W / 50.65611°N 115.13694°W / 50.65611; -115.13694
Primary inflowsUpper Kananaskis River
Primary outflowsKananaskis River
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length8 km (5 mi)
Max. width1.3 km (0.81 mi)
Surface elevation1,680 m (5,510 ft)

Lower Kananaskis Lake is a natural lake that was turned into a reservoir in Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada.

Lower Kananaskis Lake is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park along with the Upper Kananaskis Lake.

The lake is part of a series of natural and man made reservoirs in the Kananaskis and Bow Valleys used for hydro electric power, flood control, and water reserves for the Bow River water users such as the city of Calgary.

The lake is also used for recreational activities, with hiking paths surrounding the lake (and cross-country skiing trails in the winter).


Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes

Several campgrounds are located along Kananaskis Lake. Canyon Campground does not have camping spots backing on to the lake, but a lakeside picnic area is available. Lower Lakes Campground does not have spots backing on to shores of Lower Kananaskis Lake either. A network of bicycle trails connects the campgrounds and picnic areas. Most of the year, these are open to the public, but they are closed sometimes due to bears presence in the area. Interlakes Campground is the highest lying campground, and lakeside spots for this campground are available.


  • Patricia Mitchell, Ellie E. Prepas. Atlas of Alberta Lakes. University of Alberta, Jan 1, 1990 . pg. 575-5