First Come or Reserve
Location: 110kms east of Red Deer, 130kms southeast of Edmonton Alberta. Access may be dusty due to 5kms of gravel road before the entrance.
Description: 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 Blackfoot 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.
Night skies here rank # 4-5 on the Bortle Scale.