The Frog subwatershed includes the towns of St. Paul and Elk Point, part of the counties of Two Hills, Smoky Lake and Vermilion River, along with Fishing Lake Métis Settlement, Elizabeth Métis Settlement, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Frog Lake First Nations, and Onion Lake Cree Nation. and Whitney Lakes Provincial Park. The St. Paul Provincial Grazing Reserve is also within the Frog subwatershed.
Fort George Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site and the Iron Horse Trail interpret the history of the area. People visit the Frog to camp, hike, fish, canoe, kayak, water-ski, cycle, and bird watch. A significant amount of farming occurs within this subwatershed as the soil is well-suited for agriculture. Heavy oil and salt extraction make up the main industrial activity. Most of the subwatershed is within Alberta’s Dry Mixedwood Natural Subregion, with only a small part within Parkland Natural Subregion. This subwatershed appears to be fairly healthy, but more studies must be done to gain a better understanding of the watershed’s functioning and the impact of human activity.
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For more details about the Frog subwatershed, check out the chapter in the North Saskatchewan River State of the Watershed Report.
In 2013, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA), with assistance from a research team from the King’s University College, completed a water quality assessment of Lac Ste Cyr for Alberta Environment.