The report is one of a series describing detailed and semi-detailed soil surveys, which were conducted in the following Alberta provincial parks during the summer of 1975: Gooseberry Lake, Big Knife, Rochon Sands, Vermilion, Pembina River and Garner Lake. Also included were areas near Upper and Lower Kananaskis lakes, Cold Lake (Lund's Point), Calling Lake and the Notikewin River. The total area mapped was approximately 28 080 acres.
The summary covers both the 1973 and 1975 mapped areas. They are situated about 30 miles north of the town Athabasca, and comprise about 17 400 acres along the southern and southwestern shore of Calling Lake. The surficial deposit over most of the study area consists of medium-textured till. Two areas of sand are found along the lake shore, and numerous areas of organic deposits of variable extent also occur.