Lake Safety

COVID-19 Information: 

Chestermere Lake has reopened for recreational use. Read more in the Lake & Beaches FAQ.

Beaches have now reopened. Visit the Beaches & Lakeside Parks page for occupancy limits and COVID-19 regulations. 

  1. General Safety Information
  2. Chestermere Lake Information
  3. Safe Operation Reminders
  4. Safety Equipment Information


Weather Conditionscannabis notice

Before going out, check the weather forecast. During boating, monitor the weather conditions. If conditions feel unsafe, please exit the water in a calm manner.

Safe Operation

It is against the law to operate a vessel in a careless manner without due care and attention. You must take into account any circumstances that could pose a danger to your vessel or any other vessels and must not endanger the safety of anyone on the water. 

Small Vessel Regulations, Section 1007 & Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations, Section 15 (1)

Life Jackets

Canadian law requires a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or lifejacket for every person on board a pleasure craft. Approximately 90% of people who drown while boating were not properly wearing a PFD or lifejacket. It is strongly recommended that everyone wears their PFD or lifejacket at all times whenever they are on or near the water.

Winter Lake SafetyNO ICE IS SAFE ICE

Chestermere Fire Services would like to remind the community that with the warmer weather, ice quality is rapidly declining, especially at the shoreline of Chestermere Lake. Please be extremely cautious around bodies of water as no ice is safe ice. Also remember that automobiles are not permitted on the lake.  

Ice Depths

The City takes ice depth readings every 7 days at the locations stated below. Please note that while no ice is considered safe, the Parks Team takes measurements at several locations.

While ice rescue services are available from Protective Services, you use the Lake and any ice surface at your own risk.

Chestermere Lake Ice Depths:

LocationDateTemperatureDistance from Shore (metres)Ice Depth (centimeters)
South end of Chestermere Lake


2021 TBD

          2 C
75 m
Sunset Park150 m
Cove Beach75 m
Anniversary Park75 m

Ice Depth (thickness) Standards:
Ice Depth Standards

Note: The City does not give permits for any recreational activities on storm ponds. The water levels and ice thickness changes throughout the winter due to the freeze-thaw cycle and it is unsafe to be on these ponds. If residents choose to go on these ponds, they do so at their own risk.