Lake Management Plan - Safety

The City is embarking on the development of a Lake Management Plan to detail how we can keep Chestermere Lake in great condition for everyone to enjoy.

The plan will include a description of the vision for the Lake, especially in terms of recreational safety and ensuring long term environmental sustainability. The development of this plan will take place from 2018 -2020 (approximately).

Phase 1: Safety

Numerous homes with lakefront access, the narrow geography of the lake, shallow shoreline conditions, and a large number of users increases the potential for conflicts and accidents.

While there have been few incidents on the lake so far, we want to ensure it remains a safe recreational space for all.

This past December, the City completed the first phase of public engagement about lake safety which included two workshops, an online forum and survey. We have reviewed the data and the summary of results can be found in the document library at the bottom of this page.


The final Lake Safety Management Plan was completed and can be found in the document center on this page.


Based on the recommendations made in the Lake Recreation Safety Plan pilot safety initiatives will be implemented during the 2019 spring/summer season.

Lake Safety Pilot Initiatives 2019

The City is currently implementing the following initiatives based on public feedback and expert input:

1. Boat launch electronic permit system

2. Lake Safety Education Program

3. Safety and speed limit buoys

To find out more about these initiatives please visit: www.chestermere.ca/boats


Lake Safety Pilot Initiatives 2019 - Call for Feedback (starting August 22nd)

The City is currently looking for your feedback regarding the effectiveness of our Lake Safety Initiatives this summer. Let us know by participating in the forum topics for each initiative. Just click the Forum button on this page to find the topics open for your comments.


Have more questions about the process? Feel free to use the Q&A tab to leave us a question or contact krichards@chestermere.ca


The City is embarking on the development of a Lake Management Plan to detail how we can keep Chestermere Lake in great condition for everyone to enjoy.

The plan will include a description of the vision for the Lake, especially in terms of recreational safety and ensuring long term environmental sustainability. The development of this plan will take place from 2018 -2020 (approximately).

Phase 1: Safety

Numerous homes with lakefront access, the narrow geography of the lake, shallow shoreline conditions, and a large number of users increases the potential for conflicts and accidents.

While there have been few incidents on the lake so far, we want to ensure it remains a safe recreational space for all.

This past December, the City completed the first phase of public engagement about lake safety which included two workshops, an online forum and survey. We have reviewed the data and the summary of results can be found in the document library at the bottom of this page.


The final Lake Safety Management Plan was completed and can be found in the document center on this page.


Based on the recommendations made in the Lake Recreation Safety Plan pilot safety initiatives will be implemented during the 2019 spring/summer season.

Lake Safety Pilot Initiatives 2019

The City is currently implementing the following initiatives based on public feedback and expert input:

1. Boat launch electronic permit system

2. Lake Safety Education Program

3. Safety and speed limit buoys

To find out more about these initiatives please visit: www.chestermere.ca/boats


Lake Safety Pilot Initiatives 2019 - Call for Feedback (starting August 22nd)

The City is currently looking for your feedback regarding the effectiveness of our Lake Safety Initiatives this summer. Let us know by participating in the forum topics for each initiative. Just click the Forum button on this page to find the topics open for your comments.


Have more questions about the process? Feel free to use the Q&A tab to leave us a question or contact krichards@chestermere.ca


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    This summer the City implemented a buoy system on the lake to slow traffic and increase safety. The system consists of the following types of buoys:

    1. Federal buoys were placed on the perimeter of the South end of the Lake to mark the 10 km speed limit 30 meters from shore.
    2. Speed limit buoys were placed just South of the bridge to create a slow/no-wake zone as boaters pass under the bridge. The intent of these buoys is to slow traffic in this area due to the variety of water activities that take place in this area ex....

    This summer the City implemented a buoy system on the lake to slow traffic and increase safety. The system consists of the following types of buoys:

    1. Federal buoys were placed on the perimeter of the South end of the Lake to mark the 10 km speed limit 30 meters from shore.
    2. Speed limit buoys were placed just South of the bridge to create a slow/no-wake zone as boaters pass under the bridge. The intent of these buoys is to slow traffic in this area due to the variety of water activities that take place in this area ex. swimming, non-motorized boating and power boating.
    3. Federal speed limit buoys were placed at the North end of the Lake to remind boaters that this area is a 12 km zone.
    4. Swim area buoys were placed at Anniversary Park and Cove Park to ensure boaters avoid these areas.
    5. 'Danger Weir' buoys were placed before the two weir entrances to warn boaters, swimmers and fisherman to avoid the weir area.
    Tells us how effective this buoy system has been this summer by contributing to this forum.



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    The City created a lake safety brochure that provided information to boaters about federal safety regulations, required equipment and boating etiquette specific to Chestermere Lake. This brochure was distributed to anyone who launched from the City's boat launch, it was also provided to the Chestermere Landing, Camp Chestermere and the Yacht Club for distribution. 

    Let us know if you think this safety initiative was effective. To see the full brochure, please visit: https://chestermere.ca/968/Lake-Safety-Information



    The City created a lake safety brochure that provided information to boaters about federal safety regulations, required equipment and boating etiquette specific to Chestermere Lake. This brochure was distributed to anyone who launched from the City's boat launch, it was also provided to the Chestermere Landing, Camp Chestermere and the Yacht Club for distribution. 

    Let us know if you think this safety initiative was effective. To see the full brochure, please visit: https://chestermere.ca/968/Lake-Safety-Information



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    Chestermere RCMP and Chestermere Peace Officers have increased the frequency and duration of time on the Lake to provide safety education to boaters, to ensure they have the required safety equipment and to stop impaired and wreckless boating.

    Let us know if you thought increased enforcement helped to increase safety on the Lake this summer by participating in this forum.



    Chestermere RCMP and Chestermere Peace Officers have increased the frequency and duration of time on the Lake to provide safety education to boaters, to ensure they have the required safety equipment and to stop impaired and wreckless boating.

    Let us know if you thought increased enforcement helped to increase safety on the Lake this summer by participating in this forum.



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    The City is now offering Marine Safety Kits for $15.00 at the boat launch for boaters who do not bring basic safety equipment.

    In partnership with the Rotary Club of Chestermere, boaters can now borrow a life jacket through the Life Jacket Lending Program located at the boat launch hut.

    Let us know if you feel these intiaitives have been successful in improving safety on the Lake by participating in this forum.



    The City is now offering Marine Safety Kits for $15.00 at the boat launch for boaters who do not bring basic safety equipment.

    In partnership with the Rotary Club of Chestermere, boaters can now borrow a life jacket through the Life Jacket Lending Program located at the boat launch hut.

    Let us know if you feel these intiaitives have been successful in improving safety on the Lake by participating in this forum.



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    The City has implemented a new exit arm and automated permit system. The new exit arm allows the City to control use of the launch which helps survey and prevent the potential contamination of invasive species in Chestermere Lake. 

    Let us know how effective you think the new automated system by participating in this forum.



    The City has implemented a new exit arm and automated permit system. The new exit arm allows the City to control use of the launch which helps survey and prevent the potential contamination of invasive species in Chestermere Lake. 

    Let us know how effective you think the new automated system by participating in this forum.



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    In what ways do you believe the City of Chestermere can improve safety on the Lake?


    In what ways do you believe the City of Chestermere can improve safety on the Lake?


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    What summer activities do you believe have the greatest impact on safety on the Lake? Why?

    What summer activities do you believe have the greatest impact on safety on the Lake? Why?

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    What winter activities have the greatest impact on safety on the Lake? Why?

    What winter activities have the greatest impact on safety on the Lake? Why?

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    How would you describe the traffic on the Lake during the winter on weekdays? On weekends?

    How would you describe the traffic on the Lake during the winter on weekdays? On weekends?

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    How would you describe the boat traffic on the Lake on a weekday? On a weekend?


    How would you describe the boat traffic on the Lake on a weekday? On a weekend?


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