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AOSA CARDINAL BUOYS - The AOSA deploys 2 cardinal buoys around Wabamun Lake to keep boaters away from underwater hazards. We think you will appreciate them. Each buoy meets CCG regulations with the following requirements:
  • Ballasted to stay upright in a storm for maximum visibility. (mandatory)
  • Made of polyethylene to survive an impact. (optional)
  • Labelled AOSA and PRIVATE. (mandatory)
  • Colour coded to indicate the safe side to pass, NOT around. (mandatory)
  • Marked with a band of reflective tape around the top so you can spot it at night with a light. (optional)
  • Equipped with a 1 KM flashing light on the top with a solar panel to charge the battery.  The panel is rated to withstand hail.  A fully charged battery is capable of operating the light for 30 days without sunlight.  (a light is optional and this one meets requirements).
  • The light is equipped with a bird spike to keep the birds and their poop off the solar panel to maintain lens clarity! (optional)
  • The co-ordinates of each buoy are listed in the waypoints table.


  1. Coal Point.  (South Cardinal buoy).
  2. Sunshine Bay entrance reed bed. (North Cardinal buoy).

LEGAL STUFF - The Coal Point buoy is e/w a 20' rode and a few feet of chain secured with a 20 pound navy anchor.  The Sunshine Bay entrance buoy is e/w a 10' rode and a few feet of chain secured with a 20 pound navy anchor.  It is unlikely either anchor will move in a storm.  However, since a buoy will move a bit with the wind, we try to position each anchor so it floats in a minimum of 10' deep water.  This was done to ensure safe passage on the designated deep water side.  We make many passes with a tracking depth sounder to determine the final resting spot of the anchor.  This is a tricky manoeuvre with no reference mark at the end of a reef.  Imperial units are shown here to match those on the AOSA chart.

NOTE - There is no guarantee of location expressed or implied by the AOSA.  For instance, if you slide alongside a buoy to "kiss" it with your hull, you are on your own if you hit bottom!  If you use a buoy as a race marker, then pass the buoy with at least 10M radius on the designated deep water side. 

If you damage a buoy, the internal web camera will record the event and you can expect to receive a bill! 


Located on the North shore of Wabamun, just east of Poole Sail Club.  Very quiet with great weather protection from SW around to NE winds.
- Nice secluded sandy beach. 
- Cell service here is a local call to Edmonton.

NOTE - This is an old photo and AOSA no longer places moorings balls here.



As of 2009 the Poole Sail Club no longer exists, citing a liability issue with volunteers on the property.  
Poole Scout Camp is located on the North shore of Wabamun Lake, about 2 KM east of Coal Point.  Drop in if you want an idyllic spot to rest your weary bones while cruising the length of the lake.  Please keep in mind that the old mooring chains are still stretched along the bottom (pointed to shore) of the anchorage making this a poor place to anchor.  Snagging your anchor on a mooring is a sure way to loose it.  To guarantee a bottom clear of mooring chain, anchor in 20' of water or anchor at the East end of the anchorage.  Bring your dinghy if you want to use the shore facilities.  The beach is soft sand.  On shore is a small gazebo and a fire pit.  There is usually enough fire wood around.  The steps lead up to a parking lot.  Please stay away from the Warden's cabin to respect their privacy.  Cellular service is available, albeit weak, about 200' from shore out on the lake.  Any cell service here is a local call to Edmonton. 

NOTE - This is an old photo and AOSA no longer places moorings balls here.


  • This is a very popular hot weather raft up spot as there is a nice beach located at the southeast end of the peninsula that's great for swimming.  It has a sandy bottom with good holding ground for your boat.  Please respect the swim raft, as Camp Mewassin owns it.  They also use the beach regularly for their campers so keep it tidy for them. 
  • Local boaters quite often set up a water ski course just North of the beach.  Please don't cut across it, or anchor near it. 
  • Further North along the eastern shore is the YWCA camp.  There's good holding ground here but they teach sailing and it may make you nervous to anchor here with novice skippers sailing around you.  Best to anchor further north.
  • AOSA maintains an illuminated cardinal buoy on the end of the shoal.  An interesting hot weather phenomena to note is the number of boats that are beached on the shoal now that the cardinal buoy marks the end.  I wonder if it identifies a hazard or the end of the lounging area?  Fishermen use it as a reference as well. 
  • On the west side of Coal Point is another beach but unfortunately it's not suitable for walking.  The sand gives way under foot and the small rocks scratch and cut your skin as you sink through the lake bottom.  In one place I sunk knee deep.  Many sailors anchor here for the night to escape an East wind. 
  • Any cell service here is a long distance call to Edmonton.

WARNING - There is a shoal area that extends about 3/4 of a KM SE from Coal Point.  The bottom consists of sand with some weeds on the Eastern side.  The shoal shifts slightly each year due to wind and ice.  It's just over a meter deep at the tip, after which it drops off sharply to 8 meters or more.  To demonstrate how much the sand shifts, there used to be a deep water passage close to shore around 1985.  It is now filled in.  As of 2005 the AOSA installed an illuminated South  cardinal buoy here.  It floats in about three meter deep water.  Don't use it for a race marker.  It is a navigational hazard and should be given a wide berth to the South, through deep water. 








The Challenge - 50 roundings in a year of this "fearsome peninsula" qualifies a skipper or crew for an ear ring.  All roundings MUST be within 10 meters of the cardinal buoy and the keel must not touch the bottom. 
"This is a self-inflicted malady with certain skippers and some crew.  There being no official ceremony to mark the event I leave it up to you determine which ear to wear the ring on!" 



The summer village of Seba Beach is  located at the west end of the Wabamun Lake.  The sandy beach extends along the entire water front of the village, from the north to the south shores.  It's very relaxing to cruise the length of this beach, watching the beach traffic while they're watching you! There is plenty of water depth.  After you're totally mellowed out, anchor at EYC and walk into town for an ice cream cone under the cool trees.  Sure sounds tempting. 

NOTE - This is an old photo and AOSA no longer places moorings balls here.  In addition there are two parallel docks with a mooring field out front.

  • EYC web site. 

  • Seba Beach Town Office - (780-797-3863 / 1 St & 1 Ave.)

  • Seba Beach Annual Family Regatta - A brochure about this event is available at the town office or other merchants. Assuming the format is the same as previous years, the events usually go as follows:
    Friday 20:30    - Teen dance at the Pavilion.
    Saturday 09:30 - Kids races at the school grounds.
    Saturday 09:00 - Farmer's Market.
    Saturday 15:30 - The parade down main street (it's a hoot). 
    Saturday 21:00 - Adult dance at the Pavilion.
    Sunday 08:30   - Water skiing competition.
    Sunday 11:00   - Sand castle building.
    Sunday 13:00   - Sail past.  This event coincides well with SBYC Club days. 
    Sunday 14:00   - Tug of war.
    Sunday 14:30   - Water Events.
    Sunday 23:00   - Fire works from the Seba Main pier.  The fire works are awesome to see from a boat.  You get double the effect from the reflection off the water.  Invite lots of people onboard, the more the better.  Everyone must wear a life jacket.  Stay out at least 1/2 KM and don't get directly down wind of the falling debris.  Keep a good flashlight handy for an emergency.  You can very quickly loose someone in the dark.  It is crucial to spot them quickly with all the boats moving around you. 
    Monday 09:00 to 11:00 - Free pancake breakfast at the Pavilion.
    Monday 10:00 - Jack Cowley Memorial volley ball tournament on the EYC lawn.  Good players, mixed gender, 2 courts, beer, snacks. 

  • Seba Beach Heritage Museum - (780) 797-3864 / 1 St & 1 Ave.  Summer resort-related artefacts such as sailing and regatta trophies and photographs; general historical materials related to this resort village from 1906 to present.  The Heritage wall is designed around donated plaques honouring past events, dates and special family memories.  The gift shop offers unique crafts.  No fee charged, donations gratefully accepted.

  • J&R Grahame's General Store - (780) 797-3750 / 4 St.  Open 7 days a week, 08:00 to 20:00, for groceries, liquor, coffee, videos, etc.

  • Wylie Automotive Repair - (780) 797-3712 / 4 St. 

  • Pete's Second Hand Store -  Flea market most Saturdays.

  • Cell service in Seba Beach is long distance to Edmonton.




A small bay tucked into the south west corner of the lake.  This bay offers good weather protection for all wind directions except from the west.  In this case, if it really decides to blow, it's best to move to the small bay west of the creek, adjacent to the Seba Beach shore. 

  • SBYC web site.
  • Any cell service here is a long distance call to Edmonton.
  • Stand at the end of the East dock or in the parking lot for the best signal.

NOTE - This is an old photo and AOSA no longer places moorings balls here.



Rosewood Bay is located on the south shore of Wabamun Lake immediately to the east of Mold Point and Beaver Bay.  The bay provides natural shelter from the southeast through northwesterly wind directions and the average water depth in the west half is about 8 feet.  This is where Beaver Creek flows into the bay, from the southwest.  The east half of the bay is shallower, about four and a half feet deep, and better left to the local boats that moor here.  There is a long rock reef that extends across the eastern mouth of the bay and ends at about the center. Fixed keel vessels should proceed with caution when entering the bay.  It is safe to make your approach through the west third of the bay, adjacent to the Mold Point side.  

  • The bottom is generally smooth mud or silt with reeds along the shoreline, affording good holding ground. 
  • Local boaters quite often set up a water ski course here.  Please don't cut across it, or anchor near it. 
  • Any cell service here is a long distance call to Edmonton.

The bay is flanked by the cottage communities of Beaver Hill Estates to the west and Rosewood Beach to the south, both of which are very active in the summer.  It is the seasonal and year round home to several cruising sailors.  Local residents are quite approachable and willing to help in the event of a problem.  The reeds around the bay are home to loons, herons and many other birds.  They also offer some of the best pike fishing in the lake. 


- South Shore, (As of 2018 there are rumours this channel may be reopened in 2020)

The Trans-Alta Sundance channel used to be a great hurricane hole or a calm place to spend the night.  Today there is a small space at the mouth of the channel for a small boat.  The rest of you better drop your hook is the lee of a bank.

IF THE CHANNEL OPENS AGAIN - Make your approach straight into the channel, "crab" if have to, to avoid the underwater debris on either side of the mouth.  In 2001 Trans-Alta started pumping water into the lake to offset losses into the mine.  In 2002 the volume increased significantly so there is now current flowing into the lake.  There are floating marker cans to warn you, just down stream of the pipes.  It is best to enter with a warm engine.  This water is crystal clear. Great place to check the hull. 

There is a small dock adjacent to the launching ramp and an outhouse and picnic tables are only a short walk away.  The ramp has a drop off at the end which makes it very difficult to retrieve a larger sailboat.  So keep your trailer wheels on the cement slabs, don't let them drop off the end.  The public ramp at the Town of Wabamun is much longer and is sheltered from a west wind.

WARNING - The best way to tie your boat to shore is to drive a stake in the ground, over the top of the bank well down the slope on the far side.  Another method is to carry your anchor over the bank and set the flukes into the dirt.  Your choice.



This bay affords surprisingly good protection from north east winds. Cell service here is a local call to Edmonton.


  • History of Village of Wabamun.

  • Wabamun Marina & RV Park - (780-892-3008). Monitor channel 16.  Gas and free sewage pump out.

  • Wabamun Village Office - (780-892-2699 / 52 St & 53 Ave.).

  • Wabamun Daze - Held annually on the weekend before Canada Day.  Great fire works off the main pier.

  • Wabamun Hotel - (It faces Wabamun Lake) for barley sandwiches! 

  • Yellow Submarine Cafe - (780-892-???? / Next to the Wabamun hotel).

  • Wabamun Video - (780-892-2227 / Next to the Wabamun hotel) for great hard ice cream cones.

  • Lakeside Diner & Market - (closed). 

  • Waycup Espresso Bakery & Café - (closed).

  • Cell service here is a local call to Edmonton.


This inlet canal is a great place to "tuck into" during a storm or to spend a peaceful night.  Make your approach straight down the center, even if you have to "crab" to off set a side wind.

WARNING - With the Wabamun Power plant gone there is no current in the Wabamun inlet canal.  However you should enter the canal with caution and maneuver with a warm engine.  As soon as you pass the mouth of the canal cut your throttle to idle to control speed.  The standard technique for turning in the tight channel is to nudge the bow into the bank, very slowly, use the engine to push the stern sideways, back off from the bank and throttle up to maneuver to your spot.  In addition, have your anchor ready to stop your boat.  Now that would be a nasty way to end a day! 
NOTE - The photo at right is no longer current since the building and smoke stacks were demolished in 2011-03-18. 

Use a couple of long mooring lines to tie your boat around the base of the most substantial bush you can find.  One at the bow to keep the boat pointed slightly into the bank and one at the stern to pull the cockpit to shore for boarding.  If your lines cross the foot path, keep them on the ground so you don't trip any sleepy early morning fisherman.  Better yet, mark them to improve the visibility.  To say there are mosquitoes here is the understatement of the year, so use a bug net in the companionway and hatch.  Yet there are lots of times when you can't find a bug in the place.  Welcome to Canada.  Cell service here is a local call to Edmonton. 



Located on the North shore of Wabamun about 1 KM east of the Wabamun power plant.  This club launches its dinghies from the each.  The water at the end of the pier is not deep enough for a cruiser.  Best to anchor and row your dinghy to shore.  WSC web site.   Cell service here is a local call to Edmonton.

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