12 County Alberta, Canada. Chain Lake Athabasca. It is also secluded and private enough for campers to watch birds closely and in peace without spooking them. The Athabasca region is surrounded by natural beauty and unique topography. Other than a few rainstorms, the weather remains dry and warm and you can spend days at this scenic refuge. Water skiing, tubing and wake boarding are prohibited. Birches, balsam fir, alders, and willows can also be spotted in the surrounding woodlands, making for some truly amazing outdoor adventures. This recreation area is extremely quiet, peaceful, and private. Beaver, moose, wolves, fox, black bear, raccoon, mink, lynx, and white-tailed deer are just some of the larger wildlife that frequent the area. "This over handed approach of people who really seem to have no appreciation for nature, just declaring this whole collection of wonderful little ecological spots null and void without any consultation and these people do not have the ecological education, do not know what they're losing when they're declaring null and void. “Traveling in Alberta 20-30 years ago our family used to be able to stop at places like Vimy Lake, a little campground there and go to the bathroom and have a drink of water and during the (Premier Ralph) Klein era those were all just wiped off the map and a little bit of humanity this province had has been eliminated,” Scott said. It's an ideological sort of attempt to strike a few things off the books, make a little money out of it,” he said. Expand. The campground also has facilities such as boat launch, fish cleaning station, water pump, and pit/vault toilets. There are no lifeguards and no designated area for swimming at Chain Lakes Recreation Area but the waters close to the shore are shallow and sandy enough for wading comfortably. ATHABASCA – On March 3 Alberta Parks announced the full or partial closure of 20 provincial parks and contracting out of 164 sites and when … Please call to confirm. This page was last edited on 2 October 2020, at 08:22 (UTC). Chain Lakes Campground is located in Chain Lakes Provincial Recreation Area, 12 km west and 15 km north of Athabasca on Hwy. 2 then 20 km north on an access road. Firewood is not provided on the premises, so it is best to bring your own or you’ll be without fire. To have that suddenly over the chopping block; there is nothing that explains this decision to me other than a few dollars ... but it will never ever be able to be replaced in terms of natural habitat for birds and animals and people,” Neaves said. Stay clear of other boaters as most campers prefer to fish from their canoes and boats and do not like to be disturbed. NO TOWING is allowed. "This over handed approach of people who really seem to have no appreciation for nature, just declaring this whole collection of wonderful little ecological spots null and void without any consultation and these people do not have the ecological education, do not know what they're losing when they're declaring null and void. According to the Alberta Stocking List, almost 60,000 rainbows were stocked in the Chain Lakes in 2007 and so far nearly 20,000 in 2008. Tips to grow your RV rental business. Then turn right onto Range Rd 242 A, turn towards the Township Road 681 and then take a right onto Township Road 682. There are no individual firepits at the campsites at Chain Lakes - only communal ones in the middle of each loop. While there are no marked trails, campers can still take a nature walk and admire the varying landscape of the region. Fishing is one of the top activities at this small and private getaway. The best time to visit this small and beautiful recreation area is in summer. ATHABASCA – On March 3 Alberta Parks announced the full or partial closure of 20 provincial parks and contracting out of 164 sites and when the pandemic hit just days later it seemed to disappear from the news cycle. From Athabasca, turn right onto Northern Woods and Water Route/AB-2 S (signs for Island Lake) and follow for 16.1km; Turn right onto Range Rd 242A; In 500m take a sharp left onto Township Rd 681A; In 3km turn right onto Township Rd 682; In 4.9km turn left onto Range Rd 234 Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. The small portion of the lake is stocked annually and even offers ice fishing in the winters. The park has a campground with 140 sites, tap water, a telephone, picnic tables and shelters, group camping facilities (by reservation only), a sewage disposal station, a boat launch and a children's fish pond (Alta.