Location: 110kms east of Red Deer, 130kms
southeast of Edmonton Alberta. Access
may be dusty due to 5kms of gravel
road before the entrance.
Buffalo Lake campground contains 30 campsites located on well kept grass and the
surrounding boreal forest. Amenities include a sandy beach, swimming area, picnic tables,
camp kitchen, fire pits,
water, dry toilets, refuse
containers and boat launch. This campground is excellent for families with young
children. Kids can spend hours on the sandy beach and nearby playground or swim
in a protected swimming area. Depending on the time of year the lake may
experience an algae bloom which causes the water to turn green making it
unsuitable for swimming. Elk, Deer and Moose frequent the area and it is also
excellent for shorebird and waterfowl bird watching. It's interesting to note that In
1858, Father Lacombe,
then a young missionary, travelled
for two days in bitter weather to
help a group of
Indians dying of
scarlet fever that were located
in a encampment on the east
shore of Buffalo Lake. After
treating them for 20 days, he too
almost died from the fever, but
later recovered to become a leading
figure in Alberta's history.
(Source U of
A). Night skies here rank #
4-5 on the Bortle Scale. See the official web site link below for fees, opening and closing dates.
Local campgrounds include
Knife Campground and
Reynolds Alberta Museum is also located near here.