Hunting at Frank Lake Alberta
Article By: Joe Seaborne 2020-11-21
Frank Lake is a shallow man-made body of water located 15min east of High River. It is one of the top hunting destinations in Alberta for waterfowl and also one of my favourite places to go hunting.
I would first like to go over some general details about Frank Lake then focus on the areas I have had successful hunts and also what techniques work the best.
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How to get to Frank Lake
Frank Lake is approximately 10 minutes East of High River. Just take the number 2 to the 23 eastbound. Get off on Township Road 190 and follow it until you come to the main entrance.
Is the front gate open all year round
The gate at the front entrance is open most of the year, except during the hunting season. Usually, sometime before opening day, they close the gate so no cars can get through.
Does Frank Lake have any amenities?
Frank Lake has a porta-potti and garbage container near the blind, but other than that there are no amenities.
What are Frank Lake's hunting regulations?
Always check the Alberta Hunting Regulations annually before heading out. Frank lake is under WMU 132 of the Alberta Hunting Regulations. Alberta Hunting Regulations
How big is Frank Lake / Total hunting area
Frank Lake is a total of 4800 acres. The three basins are 3100 acres surrounded by 1700 acres of land.
Are you allowed to hunt from the blind at Frank Lake?
Hunting is not allowed from the blind and is only open for observation purposes. Although you are not allowed to hunt from the blind, it is useful for scoping out the area before hunting.
Best areas for waterfowl
Waterfowl hunting is pretty good all-around Frank Lake. There are many areas along the shore that are dense with thick, tall grass that is perfect for hiding in or setting up a blind. When I am hunting for waterfowl, I have a few good spots that are fairly close to the parking lot (basin 1) and easy to get to.
South of the main entrance
South of the parking lot is a shallow sloughy area that is about a 10-minute walk. There isn't very much cover in this area, but it’s easy to get to if you don’t have much time to go hunting.
The thick grassy area
If I’m feeling athletic and have energy to spare, I’ll go to where the grass is tall and dense. This area is good for either hiding or sneaking around.
The long island
Sometimes there are lots of waterfowl within proximity to the long island. If conditions are right, I like to sneak up the island and ambush my prey.
East of the parking lot
East of the parking lot is a large bay area that has lots of dense grass that provides tons of cover. I like using decoys in this area because there are usually a lot of ducks in the bay that can be easily lured in.
There are two pheasant release sites on Frank lake, one on the South and another by the main entrance. There is a total of 1700 acres of land surrounding the three basins, making Frank lake very good for upland game hunting. Pheasant hunting usually starts later in the season, so be sure to check the regulations for the exact date.
- Frank Lake is located 10 minutes east of High River.
- The main entrance gate is closed before hunting season begins.
- Hunting regulations are listed under wmu 132.
- Try hunting south of the parking lot, the tall grassy area, the long island, or east of the parking lot.
- Hunting from the blind is not allowed.