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Location: 119kms south of Calgary. 9kms west of Stavely on road #527. Willow Creek Basin Southern Alberta.
Description: The campground is situated on the south west shore of Pine Coulee Reservoir and contains 25 campsites for both RV’s and tents. Most of the sites are surrounded by willow bushes creating a wind break and some privacy. A few choice sites are located near the lake.
Amenities include, group camping, fire pits but no firewood available, dry toilets, water, garbage bins, power, boat launch, and picnic tables. Pine Coulee Reservoir is excellent for, water skiing, wind surfing and fishing. Due to the lack of lakes located near Calgary you can expect to see hordes of boaters here during the summer. Boaters should use caution near the southeast end of the lake. There are several large submerged rocks lying just under the surface that have destroyed many props and claimed a life.
The reservoir was created for irrigation and is approximately 18kms long. It holds strong Walleye and Northern Pike populations. There is a public dock located next to campground where you can sit and fish. You’ll need a fishing license to try your luck. The well maintained grassy area in the center of the campground is a good spot for astronomers and star gazers.
There are also several other picnic areas located next to Pine Coulee Reservoir. As you drive over the reservoir bridge you’ll see a nice picnic area to your left on the south side of the road. This spot seems to be the favorite for fisherman.
In 200 a local scuba clubs created an underwater dive park containing submerged steel platforms, city bus, phone booth, complete playground, artificial cave, large culverts and navigation posts in hopes to provide better scuba training. Unfortunately due the lakes lack of visibility it was not a success.
Night skies here rank #2-3 on the Bortle Scale.