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 next step is to use the data to develop pilot safety initiatives for 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


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 next step is to use the data to develop pilot safety initiatives for 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


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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  • Does anyone police the type of watercraft or "floatie" that people are using on the lake. I see where someone was wanting to put a whole bunch of people including little kids on one of those huge inflatable swans that you see online. If a storm front blew through that would be very dangerous because those things cannot be paddled ashore quickly, or paddled anywhere but downstream or downwind. A see Fleuger's couch pontoon would be equally awash in a blow, but surely he keeps life jackets for all onboard and is a very experienced weather watcher.

    Todd McBride asked 4 months ago

    Hi Todd,

    Thank you for your feedback. We will definitely consider the safety challenges regarding inflatable boats and swim aids when developing a safety education plan for the Lake this summer.  

  • Does the RCMP not provide excellent protection of the Lake and surrounding area regarding boating safety etc ? As well as Fire/Rescue? Boaters/watercraft users are regulated, and the vast majority of lakefront homeowners/residents tend to clean up weeds, floating debris, and many times boats. I may be proven incorrect, but I believe that the only control to the City of Chestermere is access and egress. Bottom line

    WHandberg asked 5 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your feedback. The City has received complaints regarding safety on the Lake and is ultimately liable for the recreation activity on the Lake, as per our agreement with WID.  With respect to better understanding the safety issues on the lake, there is a need to better understand the current dynamics on the Lake between users.  As such, the 2019 summer season will provide the opportunity to obtain further data and to pilot specific safety initiatives to ensure that they are addressing the root causes of the concern, not just implementing safety initiatives that may not be relevant. The City will continue to enforce Lake safety through continued RCMP and Municipal Enforcement presence and provide public education on safe boating activity using the current federal small vessel regulations and any pilot initiatives will be non-regulatory in nature. 

    Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.


  • Perhaps unfounded, but this initiative has me concerned that someone has an agenda that is not transparent or in the best interest of the majority of primary users. What led to the initiation of this initiative? I would argue that the 'primary users' are, for the most part, the lakefront owners - but perhaps a handful of others who use the lake regularly (based on my observations only as, admittedly, a lakefront owner). As a result, I believe that any consideration of restrictions must be conducted carefully and in the open, and (most importantly) based upon a real risk assessment (an objective combination of frequency and consequence). I would also argue that the interests of the majority of primary users are held paramount, so that no small group of individuals may push an agenda that is disagreeable to others. In my view, a risk assessment provides some assurance that additional restrictions would address real and persistent problems/issues. These risk assessments are standard practice within the safety industry, and should be used here for the same purposes. Thank you for providing this forum, as I am unable to participate in the open houses or online discussions due to work commitments.

    dcl211 asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your comments and perspective. The City is embarking on this project by soliciting feedback from a variety of lake user groups, and will also be learning more about each user type experience in more detail in January.  In addition to public consultation, the City is consulting with experts in lake use management, risk management and boating safety. Careful attention will be paid to ensuring that all perspectives will be considered.  With respect to better understanding the safety issues on the lake, there is a need to better understand the current dynamics from both a quantitative and qualitative approach.  As such, the 2019 summer season will provide the opportunity to obtain further data and to pilot specific safety initiatives to ensure that they are addressing the root causes of the concern. The City will continue to enforce and provide public education on safe boating activity using the current federal small vessel regulations and any pilot initiatives will be non-regulatory in nature.  


  • This forum seems kind of backwards. Nobody has provided any stats on actual lake safety. ie: boat accidents, RV accidents, drownings or any info at all for us to comment on. I see in the comments a lot of assumptions and wishful thinking but I think that first we need to know what issues we are addressing?

    Daniel Gretener asked 6 months ago

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for your feedback. The intention of the forum, open houses and surveys is for data collection purposes. We want to know what lake users are experiencing on the Lake to better understand the relevant safety issues. 

  • Are people required to show their boating license when launching at the launch? We find ppl who live on the lake/ chestermere are the ones following proper boat etiquette and rules when driving, the jet ski rentals and people not from chestermere tend to be the ones who are making it dangerous to do lake activities ( cutting other boats off, driving carelessly or following wake boats wake very closely while there’s a surfer or wake boarder in the water etc). ( we have personally had quiet a few of these incidents this past summer) I hope they come up with something to ensure anyone driving a boat has a license before launching.

    Nkolevris asked 6 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your question. Yes, all boaters must provide proof of a pleasure craft license before they are permitted to use the City's boat launch.

  • Just wondering if people from Calgary have to pay to use the beach? I believe the lake has become a go-to recreation area from people who are not paying taxes in Chestermere.

    Wendy asked 6 months ago

    Hi Wendy,

    Visitors from out of town do not currently have to pay to use our beaches. Phase 1 of the Lake Safety Plan is focusing only on on-lake safety and activity but we are aware that the beaches are quite busy during the summer months and are looking to develop solutions to ensure our beaches remain safe and accessible to the public.

  • Will the City buy easements on waterfront properties for a lake side pathway? If not why not?

    Rbauhuis asked 6 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your question. The waterfront easements were sold by W.I.D to Lakefront Homeowners, thus the City is unable to develop this area as part of the pathway system. However, the City is working towards extending the external pathway system around the Lake in the future.