The list is long, but we have narrowed down some of the best waterfront campsites in the province:
Firerock Campground at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Firerock Campground is located on Elkwater Lake in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Provincial Park, which is southeast of Medicine Hat. This campground includes both powered ($40/night) or non-serviced ($32/night) sites. It is open from May 17 until October 11 and is 100% reservable.
The campground features a mix of treed lots as well as lots that are closer to the lake in an open meadow. Elkwater Lake has a beautiful beach and incredible views. Visitors can enjoy boating and/or fishing on the lake, which is stocked with Northern Pike and Yellow Perch. Sport fishing licenses are available online or from the Elkwater Visitor Centre.
Other activities include extensive hiking and biking trails and an organized interpretive program. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is quite large, so visitors never run out of activities.
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park Campgrounds
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park Campgrounds are located just north of Slave Lake on Highway 88. This provincial park is known for its beaches, dunes, marshes, and wetlands. It is also home to the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. There are many opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, and fishing.
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park has two front-country campgrounds: Devonshire Short-Stay Campground and Marten River Campground.
Devonshire Short-Stay Campground is designed for RVs that have their own cooking and toilet facilities. The sites are all non-serviced and cost $28/night. This campground provides easy access to Devonshire Beach. It is a popular spot for picnicking and enjoying the water. This campground is open from May 20 to September 30 on a first come, first served basis.
Marten River Campground is much larger and features many more services than Devonshire’s short-stay campground. Most of the sites are large and treed, though there are a few sites beside the lake. Serviced ($39/night) and non-serviced ($31/night) lots are both available. This campground is open from May 20 until September 30 and is 100% reservable.
Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park Campground
Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park is located north-east of Whitecourt on McLeod Lake. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching.
McLeod Lake is known for its excellent trout fishing by boat or off the lake wall along the shore. There are well-placed park benches and many places to set up a lawn chair to fish in comfort. Fishing licenses are available online or from local sporting goods stores.
The campground is open year-round. Powered lots are $40/night in the summer and $38/night in the winter, though the water is shut off on September 15. Reservations are accepted for stays between May 20 and September 6.
These are three beautiful choices for waterfront camping, and there are many other equally beautiful campgrounds available throughout the province.