Upper Kananaskis Lake <Alberta>

The Upper Kananaskis Lake was a natural lake before being turned into a resevoir in Kananaskis Country, Alberta Canada.

Lake dimension: Surface area 7.8 km2, Average depth 32 m, Max. depth 108 m, Surface elevation 1,720 m.

Great for kayaks, canoes and SUP but dress up warm, water temperature generally stays low all year round.

The Lake offers two islands (Hawke Island and an unamed island) along with Upper Kananaskis Falls, Sarrail Creek Falls, numerous trails and a backcountry campground.

The Point backcountry campground is located approximately 3 km West of the North Interlakes Day Use Area. There are 20 sites available for /person/night. Backcountry permits are required and can be purchased at Barrier Lake Information Centre. Amenties include firepits, secure food storage, firewood pit/vault toilets.

Coordinates to Point Campground Lat: 50.627449 Long: -115.178892

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Run Information


Same as the put in

Put In

From Calgary - Drive west on highway 1. Take the Kananaskis Country turn off onto highway 40. Follow highway 40 until you reach the turn off for highway 742 where you turn right. Follow this road until you reach either the Upper Kananaskis Lake Day Use Area parking lot or the North Interlakes Day Use Area parking lot.


Big lake with rocky shores

Length & Time

4km, Full_Day



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