Barrier Lake

Barrier Lake

Infobox lake
lake_name = Barrier Lake
image_lake = Barrier_Lake_Kananaskis_Aerial.jpg
caption_lake = Lake, Hwy 40 and Mount Baldy
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location = Kananaskis, Alberta
coords = coord|51|01|38|N|115|03|56|W|type:waterbody_region:CA-AB|display=inline,title
type = reservoir
inflow = Kananaskis River
outflow = Kananaskis River
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basin_countries = Canada
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Barrier Lake is a man made reservoir at the north end of Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada.

Highway 40 runs between the lake and Mount Baldy, on the eastern shore. It is entirely located in the Bow Valley Provincial Park.

Barrier Lake was created for hydroelectric power generation on the Kananaskis River, the dam that holds the lake back is at the north end of the lake.

The lake is also used for recreational activities, with hiking paths surrounding the lake (and cross-country skiing trails in the winter). A visitor centre is located on the eastern shore. [ [http://www.cd.gov.ab.ca/enjoying_alberta/parks/featured/kananaskis/facilities_barrier.asp Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre] - from Alberta Community Development] Two day-use areas, Barrier Dam and Barrier Lake, are maintained by Alberta Community Development. The Jewell Bay Backcountry Campground is established 4 km from the dam. Water-skiing is permitted on the lake, but is rarely done due to the low temperatures of the water.

Barrier Lake was also used in the 2003 film as the stand in for Alkali Lake.

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