Eagle Lake RV Resort
~long-term and seasonal-only getaway in a quiet country campground~
Just 40 minutes east of Calgary!
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What is your season in 2018?
We are a seasonal-only park. Only guests who have bought a pass for the whole summer are here. We do have a few spots for weekly or monthly camping by reservation only. Our booking lines open for phone-in reservations on the Easter weekend.
There is no short-term or drop-in camping.
There is no day-use.
Seasonals have 7 day a week access from the 1st Friday in May to the 3rd Monday in September. During our bonus season, there is weekend access, Fridays at 2 pm to Mondays at 5 pm. The bonus season runs from sometime in April (depending on when road and weather conditions allow us to get into the park) to the 1st Friday in May, then again from the 3rd Monday in September to the end of the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend.
What are your hours?
Our swipe gate hours are 7 am to 11 pm.
Our office hours vary, please call 403 934 4283 and leave a message, we will get back to you.
Please note we are out of the office at present and will answer emails as we can but it may take a few days. We will post our regular office hours in mid-March.
Tell me about the lake.
Our lake is shallow, sandy-bottomed, and warms up quickly, making a great choice for family fun. Like many prairie lakes it can get algae in the hot summer months, so some people still use it, some people prefer to enjoy our numerous land-based fun zones instead.
Once in a while we get blue-green algae, so most people don't use it while there is an active bloom. These conditions change rapidly, sometimes green, sometimes clear. In other words, it is the same as many other prairie lakes, such as Gull, Aspen, Pine lakes.
More information on blue-green algae can be found on the Alberta Health Services website or by calling 811. The important thing to note is that the lake is usable, if there is an algae bloom, just avoid the algae.
In the summer we do get some well-defined weed patches, which is actually good for fishing, as they provide shade. The weeds may make it challenge to start your engine close to shore, but being a shallow lake it is easy to wade or paddle past the weeds.
We do NOT have swimmer's itch.
We have heard of only a few leeches, that was quite a few summers ago now.
The average depth of the lake is 5' to 8' with holes down to 22' or so.
You can also find out more about the fish by looking at the Fishing question on this page.
How does your boat launch work?
You must be a seasonal, monthly or weekly camper to use the launch, we do not have a day-use area.
It is a shallow launch into a shallow lake. It is concrete, and there is no point backing your vehicle off the launch. It is a sand bottomed lake, so does not get deeper for quite a ways, and you will likely get stuck. Tow trucks to get your vehicle out of the lake are expensive.
Deep V hulls generally do not launch well here. It helps if you have a tilt trailer or rollers with larger boats.
In 2016 boats 10' to 12' were getting in, then we had a lot of rain and were back up to 16'ers getting in!
2017 was a dry year so the lake level dropped some. At the end of August we still hadhad no rain so 12' car-toppers, canoes and kayaks were being launched.
We do not bring in heavy equipment to dig out a launching trough, as the sand just settles back in. When we tried it many years ago, we dug a 4 foot wide trench, 8 feet long, and it silted back in within 48 hours.
Can I sea-doo here?
You can. It's a shallow lake, don't be surprised to see children out further than you may expect. Please go a long way from shore and well away from the park before powering up. We can get a lot of weeds along the shoreline in late summer, this can make starting your engine a challenge. Luckily, because it is shallow, it is easy to wade past the weeds before you fire up your personal watercraft.
Please do not go fast near any shorelines, as your wake can damage bird nests.
Look at the questions on boat launching and the lake for more information.
What kind of fish are in the lake? How many can I keep?
We have walleye, perch, burbot and pike! In 2016 THERE WERE NEW LIMITS.
May 8 to March 15 - Walleye limit 0 over 50 cm; Pike limit 0 over 63 cm; Perch limit 15; Burbot limit 10. These regulations are for our fishing area, Prairie Parkland 1. http://www.albertaregulations.ca/fishingregs/
March 16 to May 7 - Fishing Season CLOSED
If you are looking for trout fishing, that is a different Eagle Lake, in the mountains. :-)
Please note the park is closed for day-use and short-term overnight use.
Are any of your sites on the beach?
None of our sites are right on the beach per se, but none are more than a couple of minutes' walk away, either. We have left the beach area available for all to enjoy, rather than a select few.
Why do you charge visitors to weekly campers?
Visitors pay a fee because they have full access to everything our guests have access to. It is the visitor's choice about whether or not to walk along the beach, use the birdwatching blind, join in the activities that we have that day. Sewage, garbage, maintenance, all cost the resort time and money. This spreads the cost of running the campground out amongst the users. Seasonals and monthly campers have a day-visitor pass included in their package, guests to weekly campers will need to register and buy a day visitors pass.
Why don't you ask the government for more money?
We do not get ANY outside funding whatsoever. No agencies, clubs, government, foundations, give money to the campground. None, Zero. Everything we need to run Eagle Lake RV Resort must be generated by us. We are a completely independent camping facility, run in a business-like way, generating funds to cover expenses. Our goal is to have a beautiful, tranquil park, staffed by happy and well-trained workers.
In 2016 we were the lucky recipients of a $2500 grant from the Recreational Vehicle Dealer's Association of Alberta!
When will there be wi-fi?
As soon as there is a company that can get us enough bandwith in our rural location. We are approached every year by companies that say they can do it, but then they realize that there simply isn't availability in our sparsely populated location.
In the meantime, many people have found that their phone provider's "airsticks" work well for their needs and most full-timers and crews that we have had stay with us are now self-sufficient in the internet department.
Honestly though, if you say no the first couple of times your kids ask for your phone, they will be out and making new friends around the park and off of electronic entertainment for your visit!
Why do you use one-ply toilet paper?
Don't laugh-we are asked this on a regular basis! We are on a septic system and the fancy two-ply papers don't break down quickly enough. This can lead to a plugged up sewer systems and if you think scratchy toilet paper is inconvenient, wait until the sewer doesn't work!
Why are there not flush toilets and showers at the beach?
The water table is very high in the area and it is close to the lake so we cannot have a septic field there. Everything must go into a tank then be pumped out and hauled to the city for legal disposal.
That dog park seems pretty small for my big dog.
We are happy to announce Canine Corner-a much larger off-leash area coming in 2018 or 2019. We will still have our little puppy park for small, shy or young dogs too! Sponsorship opportunities are available. Email us for details.
I have a question...
Feel free to email us questions you would like to see answered on this page.