First Come or Reserve
Location: 75kms east of Red Deer. 135kms southeast of Edmonton Alberta. 6kms of gravel road access.
Description: The Narrows campground contains 61 well treed sites located next to a narrow channel in-between the southwest end of Buffalo Lake and Parlby Bay. There are also several campsites located in the surrounding boreal forest that offer good privacy.
Amenities include picnic tables, fire pits, water, dry toilets, refuse containers, boat launch and a fish cleaning station. The narrows are absolutely beautiful and best suited for canoes and kayaks however you can launch larger boats to gain access to Buffalo Lake.
Buffalo Lake offers good Northern Pike fishing. Wild grasses growing along the edge of the canal are well over 2 meters high. Common Cattails found here have huge tall green stems with dark brown candle heads. There is also a rare wild orchid that grows in this area called “Yellow Lady’s Slipper”. Elk, Deer and Moose frequent the area and it’s excellent for 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.