Spend the night under the stars

Camping is the perfect way to slow down and explore the region during the summer months.

Camping is one of the best options to immerse yourself in the region’s stunning landscape. Wake up looking at Mount Peskett from the Two O’Clock Creek Campground, get an early start by spending the night close to your next adventure or enjoy a quiet night stargazing from your tent.

There are many options to camp throughout the region. Upper Shunda Campground is right in Nordegg, making it the easiest option if you’re planning to spend some time in town. Fish Lake Campground offers powered sites while David Thompson Resort is the only full-service campground in the region.

Two O'Clock Creek Campground
Upper Shunda Creek Campground

If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out Alberta Parks campgrounds like Thompson Creek or take it a step further at one of the rustic campsites like Preacher’s Point, Wildhorse Creek or Allstones.

Regardless of how you choose to experience the region, remember that we all have our part to play to keep this a special place to enjoy.

We all have our part to do to keep this place special. Planning ahead is key to ensuring that we all continue to enjoy adventures in the Nordegg & Abraham Lake region. These are a few of the things you can do to help:

  • Minimize your impact by using existing sites, fire rings and toilets instead of creating your own.
  • Know about current fire bans, make sure that your fire is completely out before you go and buy firewood instead of cutting down trees. Remember that shooting fireworks is not allowed in the region.
  • Keep your site clean and your food stored inside your vehicle to help keep our wildlife wild. Always use bear-proof garbage bins.
  • While alcohol is now permitted in some Alberta Parks day-use areas, none of those are in our region. Alcohol is only allowed at registered campsites.
  • Be mindful of your neighbours and other visitors, including keeping noise to a minimum.
  • Be prepared for adventures in a remote area. Explore within your skills to reduce the strain on our volunteer search and rescue team.
  • Remember that cell service is limited. We recommend carrying a satellite communicator, like a Zoleo, on your adventures.
  • Support local businesses and communities in Cline River, the Bighorn and Nordegg.

Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.

Different Styles of Camping

There are a few options when you are trying to decide what type of campgrounds best suit your style. You’ll also find additional services in Nordegg, like an RV dump station available at the Nordegg Lodge and public showers at the Shell.


Most of the campgrounds in the region are classic mountain campsites with somewhat smaller sites set a little further apart in some gorgeous settings. Most have options to accommodate a wide range of accommodations, from RVs to tents, but keep in mind that you’re not likely to find pull-through sites at most of these campgrounds. Typical amenities are gravel pads, picnic tables, fire pits and pit toilets. Firewood and water are not available at most of these campgrounds.

David Thompson Resort (power, water and sewer) and Fish Lake (power only) are the only campgrounds in the region with serviced sites.

Most of these are first come first served with self-registration (cash only) while reservations are required at Fish Lake and available at Ram Falls, Upper Shunda Creek and David Thompson Resort.

Camping Areas

These are new additions to the region that are designed to address issues from overuse at popular random camping locations. Only basic amenities like improved access roads and dry toilets and bear-proof food lockers are available. These sites are included in the Public Lands Camping Pass and all sites are available on a first come first served basis.

Group Campgrounds

Some of these, like Cavalcade, were designed as group sites while most of the other ones are smaller campgrounds that Alberta Parks converted to group camps only a few years ago.

All group campgrounds are managed by Alberta Parks and reservations are required. The minimum number of units is typically 5 for those sites.

Random Camping

Also known as dispersed camping, crown land camping or boondocking, random camping is allowed throughout the region with a few exceptions. A Public Lands Camping Pass is required throughout the region.

Backcountry Camping

Most backcountry campsites in the region have little to no development, except for pit toilets at some locations like Landslide Lake, Pinto Lake and Lake of the Falls. Random camping is generally permitted, except in the Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve. A Public Lands Camping Pass is required but all sites are available on a first come first served basis.

Find your campsite

Saunders Campground

A small campground found in Saunders Provincial Recreation area, most suited for canoers and boaters launching or exiting the North Saskatchewan River.

Shunda Viewpoint Group Campground

Located near the old Shunda Ranger Station, the viewpoint provides a panoramic view of the Brazeau Range and North Saskatchewan River valley.

Beaverdam Campground

This small, rustic campground has access to canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and fishing.

Harlech Campground

Small campground located in Harlech Provincial Recreation Area, 13 km east of Nordegg on the David Thompson Highway. Fishing and OHV trails nearby.

Upper Shunda Creek Campground

A great option if you're planning to explore the area and enjoy some of the nearby hikes (Baldy, Coliseum Mountain and Eagle Mountain are all nearby).

Aylmer Group Campground

Scenic campground located on the shore of the North Saskatchewan River, 11 km south of Nordegg on the Forestry Trunk Road.

Blackstone Group Campground

Scenic campground in Blackstone Provincial Recreation Area, with river access and OHV trails in the vicinity.

Fish Lake Campground

One of the region's largest campgrounds, set on the shores of Shunda Lake and a short distance from Nordegg.

Goldeye Lake Campground

Goldeye Lake is a popular family campground along the David Thompson Highway. Located near the lake, the sites are secluded and offer a great experience.

Dry Haven Campground

Dry Haven is one of the most rustic campgrounds along the David Thompson Highway. Amenities are few, sites are open but the shelter is welcome on rainy days.

Snow Creek Group Campground

Snow Creek Group Campground provides a secluded camping experience close to Nordegg and Abraham Lake.

Crescent Falls Campground

A small secluded campground along the Bighorn River, next to the popular Crescent Falls. Closed for 2023 due to construction.