First Come or Reserve
Location: Next to the summer village of Rochon Sands on the south shore of Buffalo lake. Approximately 90kms east of Red Deer and 145kms southeast of Edmonton Alberta.
Description: Rochon sands campground is well maintained and contains 69 campsites. There are both open sites located on well kept grass near the lake or treed sites located within the surrounding boreal forest. Amenities include sandy beach, swimming area, playground, picnic tables, day use picnic shelters, fire pits, water, dry toilets, refuse containers, sani dump, boat launch and a fish cleaning station.
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. 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. They were located in a nearby encampment on the east shore of Buffalo Lake and dying of scarlet fever. 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.