Restoring and enhancing coldwater fish habitat in the Smoky Headwaters by mitigating sediment delivery and enhancing riparian shading.

Smoky Headwaters Initiative

Alberta's Native Trout

Here is a great resource from some great organizations on native trout.

Alberta's Native Trout (

Arctic Grayling is not listed here because they are not a trout per se, but they belong to the greater trout family (Salmonidae). 

Paired watersheds

We have chosen paired watersheds (one pair flows into the Kakwa River and the other pair into the Simonette River) for this project. We will assess all 4 watersheds for water quality and sediment loading. But only two will receive the restoration efforts to reduce sediment loading.  This will allows us to measure how effective we are at reducing sediment loading to coldwater fish habitat.  

Thanks to our Funders!

Thanks to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada for provided funding towards this project through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk.

Thanks to Alberta Conservation Association for providing funding through their Conservation, Community and Education Grants.

We are excited to begin a new project in the Smoky Headwaters. Every watershed has a headwaters and the Smoky River's are in the Grande Cache Vicinity.

This is initiative is going to look at reducing threats to coldwater fish, think Arctic Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) and Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus), habitat. These coldwater species are often at risk.

Fish Latin name

Provincial status

Federal status

Arctic grayling Thymallus arcticus May be at risk

High priority candidate

Bull Trout Salvelinus confluentus At risk

Special Concern

Our State of the Watershed identified the Smoky Headwaters as both critical fish habitat, ranked by fisheries because of important spawning habitat, and an area where Arctic Grayling were not as impacted as other places.

So we are going to focus on the Smoky headwaters for this important work of restoring coldwater (species at risk) fish habitat.