Camping in Alberta
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Sad to have to pay for firewood, though. Some campers were greedy with firewood use, just like the fisherman who keep all they catch. Catch and release, please! (posted: 2007)
too bad its gone down hill so bad it used to be great. (posted: 2009)
These campers should have to reserve for a minimum of 4-days the provincial campground are loosing tremendous revenue because of this.
This campground is very poorly run,no security,locals use the boat launch at will,the gates are never closed or manned,theft is ramped.
The Government of Aberta should be ashamed of this camp ground and some other provicial campgrounds that we have stayed in are also not managed properly.
My wife & I are seniors and have lived in Alberta all our lives.(67 years)
We feel we deserve better.
My next E-MAIL is going to the Minister of Tourisim
Ray & Rose Kronewitt
Great trails just love the cement.
It’s all great!!
(2007) (posted: 2007)
May 2009 (posted: 2010)
Visited in 2006, 2007, 2008. (posted: 2010)
The icefields parkway have a toll fee of CAD15.00, which is definitely not worth the value. The road conditions are very mediocre & austere.
Finall word, all scenic spots & road direction of parks system in Canada are poorly sign or even no sign at all, In order to make your trip worthwhile a detail map (which will increase the trip budget) is definitely a neccessity. (posted: 2006)
The toilet houses are not cleaned regularly, floor, sink and walls are likely bacteria infested. Toilets unsafe for use by small kids.
The beach requires sand, not huge rocks and tilled soil. How expensive is sand on a beach – obviously too expensive for our oil-rich province. I am sick of taking my kids to such crappy parks and recreation areas and having to explain to them why more is not done.
Put a schedule on the concession so the public knows when it is open, and when it should be open. This concession had no menu or notice of what they provide, so maybe start working on this one.
There is a mosquito and ant problem at this location, so don’t lie down for too long here in its current state. (posted: 2006)
july 2007 (posted: 2008)
A nice, clean lake. This is hard to find in Alberta so it was nice to just go swimming without getting duck mite or something. We also have a dog and were able to go to a semi boat launching area where she could swim with us. This area is right next to the main beach and has a small rocky beach, but we saw lots of families playing here.
We appreciated that there was a office to go to get wood. We’re use to waiting for someone to drive around our campground to sell us wood. But the convenience was nice here.
Semi shaded camp spots. It’s a perfect place for RV’ers but for tenters it’s a tad more challenging. The sights are mainly open, with some trees. If you choose the right spot you’ll be able to sleep in. The grassy areas were so nice for being a tenter, our pegs would actually go into the ground!
The place was busy with lots of campers. Everyone was super friendly and fairly quiet too. So that’s a plus for alot of people.
We didn’t experience this stuff, but there was alot of boaters and fishers.
The not-so good parts:
The bathrooms were pretty gross. At least where we were, and we were in a main area close to the beach. They were so infested with bugs. It was literally get in and get out as fast as possible. Oh, and maybe shine your flash light on the cob webs to see if anything is dangling. Super gross. They also really lack natural lighting. So mid day you still have to bring in a flash light.
Like I said earlier, the lack of shade for us tenters. But we still enjoyed our time and had lots of shade that we could follow with our chairs if need be.
Majority of sights aren’t very private. We didn’t mind because of the friendly neighbours and some came to visit our dog, which is nice. So this could be a plus or not depending.
All in all, it was a really great place to go. I would suggest maybe making a reservation. We went mid week and the place was pretty busy. But still had lots of options. Kind of hit and miss. With reserving you could probably ask for a certain sight. If the bathrooms were cleaner I would call this place perfect. (posted: 2010)
We paid double occupancy for one site on September long weekend. We had one tent trailer and a tent.(4 adults and a child).If that was a problem why nobody told us so we could reserve two sites. My suggestion, any rules with the price schedule should be posted at the entrance so people will know what to expect.I think that is very unfair to charge people for one site $40.00 a day. We could not rent a boat, because manager was not sure if a boat will be available next day. He asked us to wait for him at the lake between 7-8am and if he shows up that means he can find a boat for us. Is that a professional business approach? I do not think so.
We were disappointed and decided never go back to that place if the same people will be running the camp. (posted: 2006)
I do agree with the comments about the staff, they are so very unorganized, or maybe not, maybe they just make sure they get their money by overbooking and stuffing people in.
We booked 2 weeks in advance last season, and phoned before we left, when we got to the campground they said all the powered sites were gone, even though we booked this 2 weeks early, and were told it would never be a problem, this is also why we phoned before we left, to make sure we had what we booked 2 weeks prior, but only to arrive and be told the person a head of us took the last site, even though we phoned to make sure it was available, just before driving there!…..We almost turned back home, but decided to take the no powered site. Great spot, but makes you nervous to take your chances, very unfortunate!!! (posted: 2011)
Little Bow is one of our favorite places, the new management team is doing much better a little patience goes along way.
They are in there 2nd year. The setting is wonderful I have never had issues with my reservations, and the sites are well maintained and clean. Staffing anywhere is not easy here is no different. Camping is about relaxing don’t get your back up. At the end of the day this is one of the nicest spots in Southern Alberta. Camping is a lifestyle, you weekend warriors need to relax and learn to have some patience.
From mid 30’s couple with 3 kids who love the beach and love this campsite. (posted: 2007)
not a good thing to be said about this place and the management is terrible!
i would give this place maybe a 2 out of 10. (posted: 2007)
Provincial Parks Dept. If enough people
complain maybe something will be done to
get new management.
Lethbridge 403 382-4100
Medicine Hat 403 529-3160 (posted: 2007)
If there is on site supervision now that would probably be a better situation but still they raised the rates $2 per night FOR NOTHING !!! There still isn’t a dock there, there are NO facilities there and therefore does not rate an increase !! Maybe if they actually cut ALL the grass and made an effort to at least make it LOOK like a campground instead of a HAY field it might rate an increase !!! Baling the grass for hay bales (probably sold to a local farmer) is not a good idea at a campground with FIRE PITS !!!! (posted: 2008)
What makes me laugh is we were there may long weekend with no problems then again September long weekend and got all these new rules that the management said had been in place for 2 years. News to us. NEED NEW MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!! (posted: 2008)
First, the good part. The campground was well maintained. Toilets and showers were clean, sufficient in numbers and conveniently located. Plenty of trees in the area. People were quiet at night (perhaps due to liquor ban on the May long weekend).
Now, the bad part. Lake water was too dirty, we couldn’t even think of entering. We had to wash our inflatable raft due to the muck the water left. Mosquitoes were terrible. The “interpretive” trails nearby had very meager information. (posted: 2011)
This park sucks! The drinking water is not fit to drink – one gets a mouth of algae-infested sloth -is this acceptable for public use?!
The outside shower is likely also contaminated and has a mud bottom, so
you sink in layers of mud.
The beach is a great idea around this old lovely irrigation lake, but someone though for some reason that rocks make a beach – think again! How about putting some inexpensive play sand on this beach for the public and kids to build sand-castles and play in. Instead we have our kids playing with huge rocks and asking why there is no sand – even the kids seem to know the stated problems! The park is not that peaceful – they keep making so much noise cutting the grass and other things, so that your peaceful day, resting in the park to enjoy the tranquil beauty of our Prairies turns into being in downtown Calgary.
The toilets are foul and so large that one wonders if kids actually have fallen down – extremely dangerous for use by kids! This is perhaps the worst joke of a park I have ever visited – and I have lived and travelled all over the world. Spend some money on your voting citizens, Alberta. (posted: 2006)
Check out time is 2:00pm and that is reasonable as some we have been at throughout Alberta it is 11:00am.
It seemed a little pricey maybe but we do not always get pwr and wtr. We have camped in much worse. We will go there again as we love boating and fishing and the 5 children with us had no problems.
The grounds were nicely trimmed. The campsites are big with lots of bathrooms available. The booth staff are a little complacent and don’t really go out of their way to help first time visitors to the campground. The beach was much nicer at Zeiner, would recommend to camp at Pigeon lake and use Zeiner for the day use. However, the bathrooms at Zeiner were in sad shape and needed to be cleaned as thoroughly as they are at Pigeon Lake. Wood is expensive, so simply bring your own. (posted: 2006)
The sites by the water are OUTRAGEOUSLY SMALL and are right on the road and so close to each other that your awning can’t be put out without touching a trailer beside you.
Poorly maintained washrooms . Lukewarm showers. Stinky water .
Very poor for a provincial campground. (posted: 2010)
Overall, nice campground. You can float down the river on a tube which is great. Clean, private sites. Never met the staff, so I don’t know how friendly they would be…
Would recommend this campground, just bring some change… (posted: 2009)
but camp site is not very isolate, there is NO tree in the surrounding. A great peaceful place for senior, definitely not for young Adult. (posted: 2006)
Mountain campsires b/c of our size. i guess that would have been difficult to say prior to us before the drive. has the bad experience of staying at townsite.. you would think for the price you pay for the park fees and passes they could acutally make the campground nice. instead we spent the night in nothing but a weedy field. Would not recommend nor return.. it is a shame that people are misguided to make the buck. (posted: 2008)
Enterance fee, wife 3×7.80=$23.40
Camping fee 3 email@example.com=$114.60
reservation fee ?
TOTAL = $158.40 for three days no fire. My mountains my park. RIP OFF but its booked up so hope they enjoy it. (posted: 2009)
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