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The view of the foothills surrounding Chain Lakes Provincial Park Campground, Alberta Canada
The view of the foothills surrounding Chain Lakes Provincial Park Campground, Alberta Canada

Chain Lakes Provincial Park Campground

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 125 km Southwest of Calgary 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 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 during the summer months, a beach, new playground, boat launch.  There are also a number of trails winding through the park to be explored.

The upgrades to the campground include the addition of power to a number of campsites. There are now 91 campsites, 60 with power.

The community kitchens are heated and include a gas stove, and water.

There are two camping loops that are available by reservation only and one that is available on a first come first served basis.  The group use facility that can accommodate up to 30 units must also be reserved.

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.

For those “technologically attached” people, cell coverage is nonexistent and 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.

Chain Lakes Spillway

One of the central features of the south end of the lake is the spillway.  The spillway regulates waterflow into Willow Creek and for years has been a favourite with the kids where they could play in the stream or fisherman could try their luck.

With a number of “high water” years where the spillway was stretched to capacity, 2015 will see a major upgrade to the facility and those activities are sure to be curtailed as the work progresses.

The group camp adjacent to the spillway has also been closed for the 2015 season.

Winter Camping

Ice fishing in the winter is a popular sport for anglers on Chain Lakes so 32 campsites are open during the winter months. Services are limited with no water or dump station being available.

Whether you’re into gorgeous scenery, fishing, boating or just passing through, a trip to Chain Lakes Provincial Park campground is highly recommended.