The Lacombe Fish & Game Association has developed and maintains several local conservation and recreation facilities, sponsors and participates in area events and programs, as well as supporting the goals and contributing to the efforts of like-minded conservation groups outside of the Lacombe region.
Conservation and Recreation Facilities
• Wilson's Beach
Wilson's Beach offers both a campground and a fisheries public access site. The campground is a popular family oriented summer camping destination on the east shore of Gull Lake, about 15 minutes west of Lacombe. It features serviced and unserviced sites, a boat launch, and a store, with a full-time caretaker. The boat launch and pier are open for public fishing use, and provide lake access for ice fishing in the winter.
Directions: West of Lacombe on Hwy 12 to Hwy 792 (Lincoln Road), then North 4 miles to Twp Rd 41-2, then West to the Wilson's Beach subdivision, follow the signs.
• Burbank Park
Burbank Park sits at the confluence of the Blindman and Red Deer rivers, southeast of Blackfalds, and offers a campground and day use area with fishing access, as well as a meeting hall for rent. Campground amenities include 22 sites (some of them powered), four non-powered group camping areas, baseball, basketball, playground and picnic areas. The day use public access fishing area where the Blindman river flows into the Red Deer offers rewarding angling opportunities surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Directions: 0.8 km South of Blackfalds on Hwy 2A, then East on Hwy 597 0.8 km, turn right on Burbank Road & go 3.2 km. (4km East of Blackfalds towards Joffre, located just off of Highway 597).
• Center Chain Lake
This 72 acre site offer prime habitat land as well as public fishing access with a boat launch and pier. The site features a mix of native parkland habitat along Center Chain Lake and managed forage on a portion of the uplands. A meeting hall and unserviced cabins in the upland area play host to the Cenalta Youth Conservation Academy in July. Note that the site including boat launch area is Day Use Only.
Directions: East of Lacombe on Hwy 12 to Hwy 815, then North to Hwy 604/County Line Road, then East a couple miles to the site.
• Len Thompson Trout Pond
The Len Thompson Trout Pond offers a stocked pond trout fishing experience right in the city of Lacombe. This public access pond is geared especially for young anglers, who can get there on foot or by bicycle within the city (vehicle access & parking also provided). The pond is stocked annually with 2000+ fish, is aerated, and is open for year-round access. It's also the site of the annual Youth Fishing Day each June. The pond is sponsored by the Lacombe Fish & Game Association, Thompson-Pallister Bait Company (makers of Len Thompson Lures right here in Lacombe), and the City of Lacombe, with additional support from the Alberta Conservation Association.
Directions: Directly North of TIM-BR Mart on Len Thompson Drive, in the Wolf Creek Industrial Area of Lacombe.
Events and Programs
• Cenalta Youth Conservation Academy
The Cenalta Youth Conservation Academy is organized and sponsored by several Fish & Game clubs in the region, including the Lacombe Fish & Game Association. It is a 6 day/5 night camp focusing on Conservation Education, including firearms safety & handling, archery, water safety, hunter education, and more. The camp takes place in early July at the Center Chain Lakes habitat lands, and is open to boys and girls age 12-15.
Read this testimonial from 14-year old Kevin Beierbach who attended the academy in July 2012.
• Youth Fishing Day
Each June (usually the first Saturday) the Lacombe Fish & Game Association organizes the Youth Fishing Day at the Len Thompson Trout Pond in Lacombe. Fishing instruction is provided for all participants, and fishing gear is available for use by those without their own. Youth have a blast catching fish and also helping release fish into the pond from the Smoky Trout Farm. They also enjoy refreshments supplied by our co-sponsor the Lacombe Co-op in English Estates, as well as taking home a free fishing lure from Sunny94 and the Thompson-Pallister Bait Company.
• Wildlife Awards (Trophy) Competition
The annual Wildlife Awards (Trophy) Competition is organized by the LFGA and offered to members free of charge. Trophies and prizes are awarded in several hunting and fishing categories, along with a delicious banquet at the scenic Burbank Park meeting hall.