Dry Haven Campground

A rustic campsite for the night

The best feature is that this campground has 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.

Dry Haven Campground
Shelter at Dry Haven Campground

The campground is clean and well maintained, unfortunately the setting could be better. The sites 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.

The Details

Check with Alberta Parks for the latest information about this campground.

  • Season: May to October
  • Site Fees: $24 per night, cash only self-registration
  • Number of Sites: 14 unserviced sites
  • Congestion: Generally not busy
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Washroom: Dry toilets
  • Water: Not potable
  • Firewood: Not included. No firewood is available on site.
  • 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.
  • Management: Alberta Parks
  • Protection Status: Dry Haven Provincial Recreation Area
  • Campground Operator: Westward Bound Campgrounds
  • Campground Host: No – Operator is based at Fish Lake
  • 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