Frank Lake Alberta is located 50 km south of Calgary Alberta and to the east of High River Alberta.
It is a short distance off of Highway number 2 on a mostly paved road leading to the lake. The last couple kilometers are on gravel that is maintained but can have some giant potholes.
It is a major lake for birds migrating through Alberta. Also many birds spend the summer and even the winter around the area.
For many years the lake went through major flooding and drying. All depending upon the amount of precipitation of the year.
Then in 1988 a water supply to the lake was secured and now the lake maintains its level throughout the year. The lake does tend to rise in the spring. This makes access to the viewing blind impossible unless you are wearing rubber boots.
In the summertime the lake does drop causing a smell. Also the mosquitoes can be intense when there is no wind.
In spite of the bad this lake is an amazing stop if you’re into bird photography.
Frank Lake Alberta – Planning your visit
The gate leading to the lake is closed for part of the year so if you are going to the lake find out if the gate is open. You can walk to the lake from the closed gate BUT it is quite a walk especially if you are carrying a lot of camera gear.
If you’re going to the lake in the summertime understand that it can be very hot. So make sure you take a lot of water and snacks as well. As far as services at the lake itself there is usually a portable toilet there but it is not a guaranteed thing. There is also a viewing blind but that gets VERY busy on evenings and weekends.
There are a number of other areas that you can also photograph from and watch the waterfowl other than the viewing blind. But you are out in the sun and you are exposed to the mosquitoes.