EDMONTON, ALBERTA — The province is reducing services and hours at 15 campgrounds, and closing another four.
In all, 239 individual campsites, less than two per cent of the provincial total, will close, saving the province roughly $250,000 in the next year, according to Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
Sites that will be converted to day-use only include Lawrence Lake, Chain Lakes, Ironwood Lake Campground and the Whitney Lake Campground, all of which are in central Alberta.
The Cottonwood Campground, Oldman Damn and Woolford sites in southern Alberta will also be closed overnight. Reduced hours and services will be implemented at the Notikewin site, Sulphur Lake and Stoney Lake in northern Alberta.
In central Alberta, Shuttler Flats and Kakwa River will also see reductions, as will Maycroft and Jensen Reservoir in the south.
The Southview site, Kehiwin, Coal Lake South and the Raven campground will all be closed.
“We understand that some Albertans will be disappointed with these reductions,” said Cindy Ady, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “But this will help us to allocate resources to maintain the highest possible level of service throughout our provincial parks system.”
A spokeswoman for the parks department could not say whether any municipalities or community organizations have expressed interest in taking over local campgrounds.
In selecting which sites would be affected, the government looked at site usage, how close they were to other campgrounds, maintenance costs and access to hunting or fishing.

3 Responses to “Alberta closes underused provincial parks campgrounds”

  • The next thing we will hear is these same campsites put up for public auction and, like the last auction no one will know what is bid by whom or, what the bid amounts were.

    In other words, shelled off to insiders.

  • Jack Benton:

    You gotta give it to the govm’t workers in the right places. They do know how to make a buck – Canadian or US.

  • Karin Keller:

    Hardly think $250,000.00 per year savings is substantial to any government which thinks spending is their perogotive. Don’t think any of them are campers – are you??

    Karin and Ken Keller

    RE chain lakes campground

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