Dry Haven PRA Campground

The dock on Goldeye Lake

A rustic campsite for the night

by | Published on August 8, 2013 | Last updated on July 8, 2019

Based on a visit to the area on July 29, 2013.

The best feature is one of the last kitchen shelter left in the area, a perfect reason to stay on a cold and rainy day.

Dry Haven Campground is one of the most rustic campground along the David Thompson Highway. Amenities are few, sites are quite open, there is no water and it is located next to the highway.

While it’s probably not the best option as a holiday destination it is great for a quick overnight stay and the communal kitchen shelter is great on a rainy day. This feature has made it worthwhile for us on more than one occasion as we dried up after a day of hiking in the rain. There are nicer nicer campgrounds in the area, including Fish Lake and Goldeye Lake.

The campground

A welcome fire after a cold and wet day of hiking


The campground is clean and well maintained, unfortunately the setting could be better. The site are very open and the sound of speeding vehicles on the highway is very noticeable unless you can get one of the few sites along the creek.

The best feature on a rainy day is the shelter. It is unfortunately located next to the highway but given that many of the campgrounds (e.g. Goldeye Lake, Two O’Clock Creek and Thompson Creek) in the area no longer have shelters, this is a bonus. As of 2015 firewood is no longer included in the fees and it is not available at the campground. Plan ahead if you are visiting the area.

Dry toilets and bear proof garbage bins are the only other amenities at this campground. There is no drinking water or bear proof food storage available.

Plan Your Adventure

The information below is based on a visit to the area on July 29, 2013.

  • Activity: Camping
  • Season: May 1 – Thanksgiving
  • Site Fees: $22 per night, cash only self registration
  • Number of Sites: 14 unserviced sites
  • Congestion: Low
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Washroom: Dry toilets
  • Water: No
  • Firewood: Firepits but no firewood available here
  • Kitchen Shelter: Yes
  • Playground: No
  • Getting There: The campground is located 11 km west of Nordegg along highway 11. Watch for the Dry Haven Provincial Recreation Area sign.

Contact Pursuit Adventures to start planning a custom adventure that includes a stay at this campground.

  • Management: Alberta Parks
  • Protection Status: Dry Haven Provincial Recreation Area
  • Campground Operator: Westward Bound Campgrounds
  • Campground Host: No – Operator is based at Fish Lake PRA
  • Day Use Pass Required: No
  • Reservations: First come first serve only
  • Check-in: 4 pm
  • Check-out: 2 pm
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes on leash
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Find Your Adventure

Take the time to explore the region while staying here. You’ll find trails, heli tours and more nearby.

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  • Location

Cline Landing is one of our favourite December spots but it is often snow-covered, making it harder to find bubbles.
See Abraham Lake and the surrounding area from a different perspective on a winter sightseeing helicopter tour.
Preacher's Point, at the south end of the lake, is one of our favourite early season spots and a great option for ice features all winter.
The best spots to check out the famous Abraham Lake ice bubbles. Where to go, what to expect and how to make the most of your day.
See Abraham Lake and the surrounding area from a different perspective on a sightseeing helicopter tour or a Heli Wilderness Adventure.
Explore a series of parks along Highway 11. Discover the area's rich history, rugged landscapes and opportunities to get away from the crowds.
Whitegoat Falls is one of our kids favourite trail, this one takes you to a double punch bowl set of waterfalls on a pretty creek.
The best spots to check out the famous Abraham Lake ice bubbles. Where to go, what to expect and how to make the most of your day in Bighorn Country.
A great option for a short hike along Abraham Lake, taking you close to the edge of the Cline River Canyon and to dramatic views along the way.

Outdoor Safety

Outdoor Safety

  • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
  • Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
  • Always use the bear proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
  • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
  • This area has cell phone reception. 
  • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.


There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Although we strive to provide accurate information and to alert you of potential dangers, trail conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided on this site is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no ways liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using the trails or information described on this site.

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