Hay Lakes Telegraph Park
Hidden gem; Telegraph Park, complete with campground, fish pond and now a dog wheel. “The handmade wooden structure stands upright on a grass knoll well into the park. A latched door in the side opens to let an energetic dog inside to run like an oversized hamster.”
The wheel took 84 hours to build, and required some ingenuity and scavaging for parts to keep costs down. Combine pulleys and steel to connect the wheel to a century old pump. Pump jack, water pump. The idea was Walter Busenius’s with the help of locals Marvin Schultz and Barry Arnett. The wheel is a working model, but the pump is not connected to a well; the water cycling though is just for display. Dogs wheel anecdotes – hooked up to a washing machine so the dog could pump water and wash clothes at the same time, or power a whetstone to sharpen axes and other tools. It will be in action on Prairie Fun Days Aug 27-28, 2016.
Hay Lakes Telegraph Park also offers picnic, playground, camping and group areas, amphitheatre and a stocked trout pond. Solar-powered scouting cabin, winding trails. For details visit www.villageofhaylakes.com or call the Village Office at 780-878-3200
Pelican Point Park
Pelican Point Park and Campground is located on the north shore of Buffalo Lake. Enjoy the soft sandy beach, perfect for sand castles. On a hot day cool off in the designated swimming area, suitable for beginner and strong swimmers alike. The grassy picnic area has camp stoves and is close to the playground right on the beach.
How do you get there: 10 km east of Bashaw on Highway 53, then 6 km south on Pelican Point Road.
Park Highlights : 58 sites – power sites available – day use area with fire pits and picnic tables- horseshoe pits – interpretive trail- docks and board launch – mini golf- washroom and shower facilities – concession – marina – and group camping.
To reserve a campsite: Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca or phone: 1-877-537-2757
Nature Conservation Centre
The Nature Conservation Centre is a 37 acre site in the southeast corner of Camrose County opened in 2010 . In addition to reclaiming this decommissioned gravel pit, Camrose County has been innovative with this Nature Conservation Centre by incorporating numerous amenities to provide wildlife habitat and a community attraction. This beautiful spot offers families a chance to view wildlife and birds in their natural habitat, enjoy swimming non motorized boating and fishing, or just laying around in the sun. Day use recreation area.
Park Highlights: Playground and picnic area including gazebo, fire pits and picnic tables – nature trails; scuba diving assembly area – non-motorized boating – docks and boat launch – fishing (pond stocked with trout), and washroom facilities.
How do you get there : 14.5 km east of Camrose on Highway 13 to Green Grove Road, then 8.5 km south to TWP 452 OR 11.5 km south on Highway 56 to Heather Brae Hall Road (TWP 452) and east 8 km to RGE 185.
Tillicum Beach Park:
Located on Dried Meat Lake –
‘Park Highlights: 7 camping sites with power ($31/night) Registration is first come, first served-Maximum length of continuous camping stay is 16 days at a time on the same camping site-Coin Operated Showers-Washrooms-Mesa shelter-Walking Trails-Ball Diamond-Day Use Area-Playground-Fire Pits-Boat Launch and pier-Fish Cleaning Stand andWater tap
How do you get there: 1 km east of Camrose on Hwy 13, turn south and go 14 km. follow signage. Phone contact 780-672-4446 Camrose County. http://www.county.camrose.ab.ca/content/tillicum-beach-park
Additional sites for Bird Watching/ Swimming/ Fishing:
Little Beaver Lake – Offering up many recreational opportunities, Little Beaver Lake is open to kayakists and canoeists alike and a quiet campground is located on the shores. In the winter, sledders can be seen travelling across the frozen lake as they enjoy a day of fun and adventure.
Abundant forested areas and wetlands surrounding the lake ensure that bird watching is at its best – where the chickadees are so friendly they will often eat out of your hand.
How do you get there: on Highway 21 south of Camrose turn into Town of Ferintosh, then onto MacQuarrie Avenue, then turn right onto McGill St. Lake is situated at the end of this street. Phone contact 780-672-4446 Camrose County.
Pleasure Island Fish Pond – Camrose & District Fish and Game Association recently completed a 2,112 foot walk, complete with two bridges around Pleasure Island Fish Pong. Families are welcome to sit a while, take in the the scenic viewpoints, or stroll with their pets to catch various birding activities at 30 birdhouses along the path.
How do you get there: Take Highway 13 east of Camrose for 3 km, turn south onto RG RD 195 for 1/2 mile. Pond is on the east side of the road.