MOONSHINE LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK - Location, History, Fishing, Campsites, Cross-Country Skiing, Skating.
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Welcome to Moonshine Lake Provincial Park, Alberta.

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2014 rates: Power $30. No sevices $24. Rates subject to change. Firewood include in fee. Open May 1 to mid October. Park Information phone 780-538-5350.


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There are over 20km of trails throughout the park. The most popular trail is the one that circles the lake. There are Wildlife Signs posted along the trails with pictures and information on birds and animals to be on the watch for.


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Moonshine Lake offers 110 campsites including 50 sites with electrical hookups (Loop A and B). No reservations are taken. There are paved roads throughout the park. Winter camping is allowed in the day use area but power is not available. Update 2014 - more powered sites are planned for group C and should be ready for the spring of 2015.

Winter fun at Moonshine Lake includes over 20 km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and skating on the regulation size skating rink that is lighted next to a shelter and firepit, plus ice fishing.



Located 27 km west and 7 km north of Spirit River, Alberta, on Highway 49 is Moonshine Lake Provincial Park which opened on April 9, 1959. Spirit River is 72 km northwest of Grande Prairie.

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Boys Fishing, Group Area, Infatable Boat, Red Winged Blackbird, Ken Connors taking Photos, Walking Trails, Beach.

Moonshine Lake Provincial Park, Alberta was established in 1979 and covers an area of 847 hectares. The campground is located on the north and northeast side of the lake, while the day-use area and group camping is located on the south side of the lake.

As early as 1910, this small lake was located on what was known as the Moonshine Trail. The lake was originally called Mirage Lake. Local folklore tells of two men, Jack Campbell and Harry Hanrahan, who while climbing the steep bank of the north shore of the lake in the 1920's, spilled their home-brewed moonshine. It has been known as Moonshine Lake ever since.

July 16, 2011: Rain doesn't seem to keep away campers at Moonshine Lake who want to take advantage of one of the Peace Countries finest campgrounds. Many took part in the Park Day activities which happens once a year through-out Canada. View the video for more information. Includes interview with Officer Kirtley-Wark of Alberta Parks.
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June 2014: MOONSHINE LAKE will be adding more electrical sites in loop "C" which will be great for those who want power. They should be ready for the spring of 2015. Most weekends, all the power sites are first to go.

Also, the fish are catching at Moonshine Lake, Alberta. A short VIDEO shows a fisherman reeling in a nice size Rainbowe Trout.
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Watching Ducks, Fishing Tackle, Catchiing Weeds, Boat along Shore, Fishing, Parks Day Crowd and Displays.

In 1998 Moonshine Lake Provincial Park was expanded to include Jack Bird Pond. This area was donated to the province by the estate of Jack Bird in 1978 and is located 1km east of the Moonshine Lake turnoff, and 3km north of Highway 49 on gravel road. Many species of birds can be seen here. It has two bird viewing platforms connected by an interpretative trail.


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Moonshine Lake is a shallow lake with a maximum depth of 4.3 meters. There are at least 3 areas to dock your boat with 3 peers. Moonshine Lake has a swimming area, picnic areas, hiking, horseshoes, volleyball and baseball, concession booth and group area. A shower building was constructed in 1996.

Fishing is mostly for Rainbow Trout. The lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout. No gas powered motors allowed on the lake. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sail boats, inflatable boats and electric motors are common. Boat launch is on the southeast part of the lake.

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The Trumpeter Swan is known to nest on Jack Bird Pond.

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