Shorncliffe Lake is over 3 kilometers long and .7 kilometers wide, providing a great venue for boating, tubing and skiing. The park side shore provides a sandy beach for swimmers of all ages. The park also plays host to two weeks of swimming lessons in July, that has been a big hit with the local community for over 50 years. As with any recreational lake. it is important that all participants take care to ensure the safely of others. Boaters must also learn where the shallow spots in the lake are to avoid mishaps.
Let's be careful out there! As we enjoy our lake with swimming, boating and other water sports; it is always important to remember to keep safe. There are very comprehensive safety guidelines for swimmers and boaters, and everyone should take the time to educate themselves and their children. The Shorncliffe Park Improvement Association provides Canadian Red Cross based swimming lessons at the lake for two weeks each season.
Take note that there is no specific signage on potential hazards in the lake , such as sand bars or rocks that could damage water craft or possibly cause harm to the operators. The main reason for this is that the depth of the lake can vary from season to season so the location of potential hazards can change significantly. Most boaters have enjoyed water sports on the lake for many years without incident but, on occasion, “new participants” have damaged their water craft, usually by travelling too fast in unfamiliar water. It is very important for all water craft operators get to know the lake and, when in doubt, drive slow. Everyone should also be aware that there are specific rules related to the consumption of alcohol at the park and many of these rules are very relative to water safety.
All lakes in Alberta are at risk of having “swimmers itch”; as it is transmitted by water fowl. Occurrences are rare at Shorncliffe Lake but it did occur in 2015. Beach rinse facilities were implemented to help reduce the affects. Attached is an information article on the subject.