Location: 130kms east of Red Deer
next to the Battle River Alberta.
Big Knife campground contains 50 campsites located on well kept grass and treed
sites that offer some privacy. The campground is well suited for both RV's and
tents. Amenities include horseshoe pits, picnic tables,
water, dry toilets, refuse containers and boat launch. The Battle River offers good Northern Pike,
Walleye and Perch fishing, you'll need a fishing
license to try your luck. Boaters will find a well designed boat launch for
smaller water craft. The adjoining estuaries are perfect for canoes and kayaks.
There are also a few nicely groomed trails that follow the river valley offering
good wildlife viewing. One trail leads towards the Big Knife Hoodoos. This is somewhat unusual for
the prairies and it adds a nice
sense of wilderness to the
campground. According to the Alberta
Government, long ago this park was
the home of "One Eyed Nelson" and
his moonshine operation. The Electric
Battle River Generating Plant
is a few
east and the Luscar
Paintearth Coal Mine is located a
south of here. Both operations offer
guided walks and tours. Another
nearby point of interest is the
Diplomat Mine Interpretive Site that
is well worth the visit. You're kids
and mechheads will love the big
diggers on display there.
Night skies here rank # 2-3 on the Bortle Scale. See the official web site link below for fees, opening and closing dates.
Local campgrounds include
Lake Campground and
Mine Interpretive Site is also located near here.