Situated in a particularly beautiful area of Southern Alberta’s foothills, Chain Lakes Provincial Park Campground provides its visitors with a remarkable mix of recreational activities.
This year-round campground is located approximately 110 km southwest of Calgary, Alberta, along a very scenic stretch of highway #22, the facilities of this campground, having been recently upgraded, are sure to impress even the most demanding of campers.
Services provided include community kitchens, free firewood available for use in the communal fire pits (for safety reasons, there are no fire pits in the campsites themselves), water and sani dump, a lunch counter, a beach, new playground, boat launch and spectacular fishing for Rainbow and Bull Trout. For those “technologically attached” people, cell coverage is nonexistent and about a good ten minute drive away. Of course for emergencies, a pay phone is available at the day use area. The lake is ideal for swimming, windsurfing and of course fishing as it is stocked annually with Rainbow Trout.
The upgrades to the campground include the addition of power to a number of campsites. There are now 93 campsites, 60 with power. 92 campsites are open during the winter. This is a reservable self-registration campground. Making a reservation guarantees your campsite. The availability of “first come, first serve” campsites is subject to change. Reservations can be made using the toll-free line at 1-877-537-2757 or using the online reservation system at Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca
The community kitchens are heated and include a gas stove, and water. All campsites are available on a first come first served basis, with the exception of the group use facility that can accommodate up to 35 units. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Alberta Parks is reporting the group campground will be closed for the 2013 season.
The campground is located on the east side of the lake. Many of the campsites are situated in an area covered with Willow bushes, providing protection from the prevailing westerly winds as well as privacy. The terrain slopes gently down to the lake which allows for wonderful views of the surrounding countryside from many of the campsites.
Although the area attracts a number of visitors to its day use facilities and can get quite busy during warm summer days, there is truly a feeling of isolation at this campground. But with Nanton being just a short drive away (39 km) a trip to town is ideal for dinner out, a quick game of golf or replenishing supplies.
A trip to this campground for the week or just for a quick stop on your way through is highly recommended.