The lake has excellent access from both Calgary and Edmonton as it is located approximately 260 km from Calgary and 120 km from Edmonton. At the south end of the lake is the hamlet of Buck Lake where you will find both full time and part time residents, grocery / liquor / fuel and hardware stores. They also have a community center where the farmers market is held on weekends during the summer.
Tucked in the rolling hills within the County of Wetaskawin, Buck Lake lies just 15 minutes southwest of Drayton Valley. The center of 6,000 people the community of Drayton Valley offers all the amenities that your relaxing vacation requires. The lake is 105 km southwest of Edmonton and 70 km north of Rocky Mountain House. Making Buck Lake an accesible vacation spot from anywhere in Alberta.
Some other great amenities include a couple restaurants with the newest being at the Wind in the Willows Resort. There is also a fun mini golf course at the resort along with various merchants on their "boardwalk", where you can try an ice cream in the summer.
In the summer, the town becomes home to visitors from throughout the province and hosts weddings and family reunions. In June the lake hosts a fishing derby which also coincides with possibly the best fishing time at the lake.
Early in July, the town hosts the Buck Lake Stampede which draws great interest from the region bringing with it thousands of attendees and hundreds of participants. There is no better rodeo experience where you can be so close to the action.
If golfing is your thing, a full service 18 hole course is just minutes away and if you are looking for more variety you should consider Pine Hills course which is cut into the forest just north of Rocky Mountain House. Drayton Valley's golf course is home to a world champion long drive winner. To the east you can consider a couple courses near Pigeon Lake.