1. Cypress Hills
3. Duck Mountain
4. Good Spirit Lake
6. Lac La Ronge
7. Makwa Lake
8. Meadow Lake
9. Moose Mountain
10. Narrow Hills
11. Saskatchewan Landing
22. Athabasca Sand Dunes
23. Clarence-Steepbank Lakes
24. Clearwater River
25. Wildcat Hill
13. Buffalo Pound
14. Candle Lake
15. Crooked Lake
17. Echo Valley
18. Katepwa Point
19. Pike Lake
20. Rowan's Ravine
21. The Battlefords
26. Cannington Manor
27. Cumberland House
28. Fort Carlton
29. Fort Pitt
30. Last Mountain House
31. Steele Narrows
32. St. Victor Petroglyphs
33. Touchwood Hills Post
34. Wood Mountain Post
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Buffalo Pound offers beautiful scenery with rolling hills all around. Take a trip into Nicolle Flats for a nature hike or a visit into the marsh. There's a boardwalk going into the centre of the marsh, allowing the visitor to see the plants and animals up-close and personal in their natural environment.
Some camp sites offer good privacy while most would be great for group camping or for families with children...great for meeting your neighbours!
For the recreational interests of its visitors, Buffalo Pound offers a swimming pool and ball diamonds within the park, as well as a trout pond.
Take your bicycles and hiking shoes to explore the beautiful hills...but beware of wood ticks which are prevalent in May and June!
Nearby Moose Jaw offers additional entertainment and amenities.
Lots of trees, clean lake water, and wildlife are strong assets to this park.
Make sure you have a vehicle, though, because the campground is quite separate from the other areas in the park (such as cabin subdivisions and stores) so transportation between is a bit of a challenge.
Also make sure you take along lots of coins, as you have to pay to use the showers.
Travis Keel has generously supplied the following comments about Candle Lake:
Candle Lake is an awesome park! I lived there for 3 years and have recently moved away from it. I miss it very much! Even though I lived there I found myself addicted to spending nights at the Sandy Bay campground, because of the hospitality, location (awesome beach), and the people I would meet. I would definitely recommend this park to people of all ages!
And here's what Chad Krikau has to say about Candle Lake:
I have visited Candle Lake Provincial park for many consecutive summers. Located only 45 minutes from Prince Albert, makes it a short drive for many to get away. Beautiful sand beaches, sand dunes, Saskatoon berry bushes, good fishing, clear water and well maintained campsites make it attractive to anyone looking for some outdoor fun.
In the 1880's and 1890's, Cannington Manor was a boom town, built by settlers from Great Britain, Ontario, and other parts of the British Empire. The town was designed to mirror the society and lifestyle they enjoyed in Victorian England.
Unfortunately, the plans of these early settlers did not work out and the town was abandoned by 1900. What remains today are a few reconstructed buildings and the crumbling foundations of others. These buildings and the grounds are open for tourists to visit and learn what life was like back then.
Learn how to make rope and visit an authentic bachelor pad from the 1800's... it really is quite interesting!
5 Non-electrical at Clarence Lake, Wilderness camping at Steepbank Lake.
17 Non-electrical sites available within the park.
Whoever said Saskatchewan is flat and boring hasn't been in the Qu'Appelle Valley! This Provincial Park is full of beautiful trees with many very nice camp sites. Lots of Saskatoon bushes for those who enjoy berry picking.
For entertainment, there's numerous beaches in the vicinity, swimming lessons at Moose Bay (2 km away), and 2 stores to choose from...there's also a flea market at Sunset Beach (2 km the other way) on Sundays. Bring your bikes to travel from one beach to the other...good water for water sports too!
Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park (operated in conjunction with Alberta) is divided into two distinctive parts: West Block and Centre Block. If you have a 4X4, truck, or larger car, take a tour on the road connecting the two...it's really neat, and you get to see some great southern Saskatchewan terrain and wild-life! The surrounding forest, made up of tall evergreens with nearly no ground cover, are a natural encouragement to meet your neighbours, with the added bonus of being able to see your kids as they wander away from your camp site.
One neat feature about Cypress Hills is that it is roughly the same elevation as Banff National Park, but is in Saskatchewan (so much for the idea that Saskatchewan is nothing but flat prairie!)
If you plan to go tent camping here, take along a hammer or mallet, as the ground is EXTREMELY hard, which makes it difficult to pound in tent pegs.
The lake is quite small and only motorized boats under 5 HP are allowed. If you're a bicyclist, be prepared to meet the many challenging hills in the area...beautiful, but steep!
For entertainment, there is a swimming pool, nature walks, and horseback riding all within the park gates. There's a beautiful hotel and rental cabins, as well as a restaurant and craft shop. Another interesting thing to do while visiting the area is to drive to nearby Fort Walsh and tour an old RCMP barracks which dates back to 1942!
-Thanks to Richard Haubrich for some of the above information on Cypress Hills!
I received the following comment via e-mail: "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cypress Hills this summer meeting with family from Manitoba. The only downfall to the camping facilities is there are only 10 full hook up sites in the whole park. This was a great summer getaway for us and no mosquitos!"
Jeff O'Brien also had a nice time camping at Cypress Hills:
Cheryl, from Kindersley, also enjoys Cypress Hills: "We had a marvelous four days spent at Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Other than Prince Albert Park, Cypress is the best. We went their all the time when our kids were younger now that my husband and myself are on our own we still go but we take my mom along and she enjoys it just as much. It's a park filled with tranquility and beauty beyond words."
More information on Cypress Hills may be obtained from the Gull Lake Community Network.
Danielson is a nice, little park. There's not a lot of activity, but it's quaint.
Nearby Gardiner Dam makes a nice day-trip.
Very nice family-oriented park, with lots of sites rented on a seasonal basis. There are lots of sites with good ground cover between each other, most with good visibility from the road. A few sites offer GREAT walk-in camping, but there isn't a biffy close-by, so be prepared for the occasional mini-hike.
There is a nice walking path, with deer and birds to see. For those who like the water sports, there's a nice, clean lake suitable for both boating and swimming.
For the kids, there are lots of squirrels around who, if you sit still long enough, just might eat sunflower seeds out of your hand!
Also, there's a good golf course at nearby Elbow. Additionally, Douglas Park is situated on the same lake as Saskatchewan Landing and Danielson, so you have the option to check out those venues as well!
Duck Mountain is situated in BEAUTIFUL poplar forest, with LOTS of trees around. Most camp sites are virtually the same, lots of cover between, and good visibility from the road.
The terrain is ideal for bicycling, and there are also some very nice walking trails available. Horseback riding is available, as is a golf course. In the winter, Duck mountain also provides alpine and X country skiing,with 20 downhill runs and 15km of X country trails.
To make your stay at Duck Mountain more enjoyable, bring along some drinking water from home (the water here is completely safe, but tastes a bit like iron) and bring some kindling or some other fire-starter method, as the wood here is difficult to start on its own.
Most of the campsites at Echo are pretty open to each other. There's one campground with a really nice view from the top of the valley, overlooking the lake; and another really nice, secluded non-electrical campground nestled into the side of the valley.
The lake water gets rather green in the heat of the summer, so be prepared for that.
Nearby Fort Qu'Appelle makes a nice day trip.
Erika had the following to say about Echo:
"I LOVE Echo camping!!! The campground I was on was the non-electrical one, at the bottom of the valley. It's nice because there's a large fully working bathroom with many stalls and sinks, so that you can wash and go to the bathroom properly. And just a short walk away, you can go into town for food, or to visit the Fish Culture Station, which is a giant fish farm! The beach is nice and also within walking distance. AND ALL DAY AND NIGHT IS A PARTY!!!"
Good Spirit is situated in a very nice poplar forest, with plenty of trees between and secluding the camp sites. A variety of sites exist, with some more private than others. There are lots of squirrels around, many of them will come near enough to you to eat food you throw, but not near enough to touch.
The wood supplied is difficult to start, so bring along some kindling or other fire-starter method.
There's a really nice beach and beautiful sand dunes that you can walk to. Nearby Spiritwood Acres has rental cabins and a nice golf course. If it rains, take a drive to nearby Yorkton or Canora to check out the local events!
Greenwater is situated in beautiful country, with LOTS of brush cover. Be careful, though, because bears also like this kind of cover! Squirrels abound here!
All the camp sites are beautiful, with many of them being two levels, providing LOTS of privacy! There are nature trails, golf course, bison and wild boar farm, and a nice beach for entertainment! Wood here is difficult to start, bring some kindling or other fire-starting method from home. Bicycles are a must, as there are piles of beautiful roads and trails to travel. For the person who loves watersports, there are all kinds of water craft to rent. There's also a good fishing shop right on the water's edge. Additionally, the water is clean and good to swim in!
Rental cabins are also available year-round.
Blair Klarenbach provided the following: "Loon Lake, more commonly known as Makwa Lake, is one of the five lakes outside of the town Loon Lake, where I live. "Tourist season" is the best time of year to come camping here. We have three campsites called Stabler, Mewasin, and Little Jumbo, not to mention the others around Loon Lake like Pine Cove and the others in nearby towns. The Dairy Bar is very common for its ice cream treats and fast food, and the golf course here is the fifth best in Saskatchewan. Swimming lessons are offered at two of the campsites, and water sports and fishing are allowed on all the lakes and are very popular as well. These are just some of the things this town has to offer. Come to Loon Lake to experience all the fun!"
"We went to Meadow Lake Prov. park several years ago.and remember some very nice beaches with clear lake water and a concession where mountain bikes could be rented. Roads in the park were gravel and were quite slippery after the heavy rain that fell when we were there and limited our exploration." - Thanks to Roy Schmaus for the comment!
Meadow Lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery, with an amazing variety of campsites... The park is huge, though, so expect to drive for at least an hour if you decide to drive from one end of the park to the other!
Tracey Eirich submitted this comment about the park:"Kimball Lake, simply the best! It has been ranked one of the 10 best campgrounds in the country!! Beautiful sites. Spruce and birch and thick underbrush surround the sites. The chances of you seeing your next door camper is very low. It has both electrical and non-electrical. Shower facilities are free, with pay laundry. It has two wheel chair accessible sites. A trail to a hidden lake is at the end of the campground. They have made it accessible for all. It has a well stocked store, with a friendly owner from the area. Beautifully groomed beaches and crystal clear water. A beach on the other side of the lake for that private beach experience. The store rents boats, motors, and all other recreational equipment. A Group camping area is available, along with a tennis court and baseball field. A newly developed Overflow area now has electricity. Not as full with brush. This camp ground is ALWAYS busy. We usually go in early June. You have a chance to see deer, fox, bears and eagles since not many campers are about. Surrounded by many lakes with excellent fishing. Northern pike, walleye, perch and splake to name a few. Near by are ATV trails, as well as a horse stable for riding trails and wagon rides."
Susan Aldous had this to say about the park: "Greig Lake in the Meadow Lake Provincial park is my favorite camping spot. We have family reunions there every year. The camp ground are clean and close to the beach. There is mini golfing and a great playground. It is close to hiking trails and horse back riding stables. The people are friendly and the sunsets are amazing."
There's an interpretive centre at the Greig Lake campground, and the larger campgrounds have stores. There's also walking trails and lots of berries to pick in the woods. But watch out for bears and skunks!
Meadow Lake also appears to be a haven for fishing, although I am definitely not an expert to ask in this area! However, Dawn Ermantrout had this to say: "Our family spent at least 10 summers camping and fishing in Meadow Lake Park. What can I say? The absolute BEST."
Because of the size of the park and the distance between campgrounds, I wouldn't recommend bicycles unless you're into long distance riding.
Moose Mountain, aka Kenosee, is great for the family. There's water-slides nearby, as well as horse and pony ride stables. Also, a good walking trail and ball diamonds provide additional outdoor entertainment.
For the long-weekend partier, this seems to be the place to be, although park authorities try to keep a handle on the noise levels...
There's a golf course, supermarket, and hotel (with pool) within the park, as well as a gambling casino on the nearby White Bear Reserve for the person who prefers the lighter side of 'roughing it'.
Take a day trip to the nearby flea market/antique store or Cannington Manor to catch a bit of local history.
If it's raining, make the trip to SaskPower's Shand Power Station in Estevan and tour Saskatchewan's newest and most environmentally-friendly power plant! It's a good idea to call ahead, though, because tours are offered only during certain times of the year...
The park is well-treed, has a combined store/cafe and also has a pool with a waterslide. You can rent pedal boats and canoes to use on the small lake. The beach is quite nice for kids to play on, but people prefer to swim in the pool. Not far from the beach is a nice play structure, swings, etc. for the kids, as well as a large open picnic area. It isn't too far from the city of Saskatoon for the rainy days.
Thanks to B. Quirt from Neuhorst, Sk. for the preceding comments!
Randy Teichroeb, from Saskatoon, had an interesting visitor at Pike Lake!
"The campsite was great, close to bathrooms, lots of wood and many of nature's little animals: squirrels, a large variety of birds, some bats, frogs, and fish. I was relieved to see plenty of warnings and descriptions of poison ivy, which the kids spotted frequently on the trail behind the museum. On our last night my son Jeremy, who's 8 years old, and I were sitting in front of the barbecue pit at about 10:30pm. I heard something behind us so I turned around with the flashlight on and to our surprise we had a visitor. It was a raccoon! We have been to the park many times over the years and I have never seen a raccoon before. He was big, about the size of 3 cats full grown! My son was amazed and so was I. I told Jeremy to take the left-over hamburger and place it on the log he was using to feed the squirrels earlier. He did and sat back down. I turned off the light and Jeremy witnessed the raccoon take the hamburger! I know you are not supposed to feed the animals but when were we ever going to see this again? Then we placed marshmallows on the same log, and he came back 3 more times. Jeremy named the raccoon Ricky."
Saskatchewan Landing seems like 'the place to be' for watercraft owners...from sailboats to speed boats to personal watercraft, this place has it all! And the water is nice to swim in, with lots of drift wood around for the kids to get creative with!
The main beach is a hilly 6 km away from the campground, on the other side of the highway, so I wouldn't recommend riding bicycles here...but there is a rather nice little beach area very close to the campground.
As far as stuff to do, there's a nature interpretive building just outside the park as well as walking trails and boat rentals.
The camp sites, for the most part, are quite open, but there are a few that are extremely secluded as well. Even on a regular weekend, Saskatchewan Landing fills up quickly, so go early to have your choice of spots!
More information on Saskatchewan Landing may be obtained from the Gull Lake Community Network.
Blair Winterhalt had this to say about the park: "Myself and friends of mine just stayed at Battlefords Prov. Park and we had a great time. The weekend was full of fun and great weather. While we were there we saw the Kayak races and the mini golf tourny as well as other family activities. We really comment on the security. There were no RCMP officers that we saw all weekend but the Conservation Officer was there 24/7. At least every hour or two they came through our campsites. We were in the south section which is very far away from the store or beach (about a 5-10 min drive or half hour walk) and we had absolutly no worries about leaving our stuff out. We were in tents so obviously we could not really lock them, but we had no real worries. Our one complaint on the whole weekend were the crows and ravens. They woke us up at six o'clock every morning... other than that I have no complaints and really hope you can do something about that one!! Thanks for a great time!!!!"
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