First Come or Reserve
Location: Elk Island National Park 50kms east of Edmonton Alberta. You’ll need to purchase a national park pass to enter.
Description: Astotin Lake Sandy Beach campground contains 77 campsites nicely suited for both RV’s and tents. Amenities include group camping, sandy beach, picnic shelters, free showers, water, fire wood, picnic tables, sani dump, swimming area and play ground. A golf course is also located nearby. Canoeing or kayaking on Astotin Lake or anywhere in the park is excellent, motor boats are not allowed.
This campground is great for families with young children. Kids will enjoy the beach and nearby playgrounds. There is a well maintained ‘Walk In Tent Sites’ section that include fire pits and picnic tables. Elk Island National Park is a conservation area for pure bred bison (Buffalo). They run wild in the park and can often be seen along the roadway and designated observing areas.
Large numbers of Elk, Deer and Moose are also here. The park has several hiking trails that wind through the Aspen Parkland and Boreal Forest along with endless Marshes home to over 250 bird species. The park is a bird watchers paradise.
The campground fills fast on weekends due to it’s close proximity to Edmonton. Elk Island National Park is designated as a dark sky preserve however light pollution from the city of Edmonton ranks it #5 on the Bortle Scale. See the official web site link below for fees, opening and closing dates. This Is Bear Country