Next to the summer village
of Rochon Sands on the south shore of Buffalo lake approximately 90kms east of Red Deer and 145kms south east of Edmonton Alberta.
Rochon sands campground is well maintained and contains 69 campsites. There are
both open sites located on well kept grass near the lake or treed sites located
within the surrounding boreal forest. Amenities include sandy beach, swimming
area, playground, picnic tables, day use picnic shelters, fire pits,
water, dry toilets, refuse
containers, sani dump, boat launch and a fish cleaning station. This campground is excellent for
families with young children. Kids can spend hours on the
and nearby playground or swim in a
protected swimming area.
Depending on the time of year the lake may
experience an algae bloom
which causes the water to turn green making it unsuitable for swimming. Elk, Deer and
Moose frequent the area and it is also excellent
for shorebird and waterfowl 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
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.
(Source U of
A). Night skies here rank #
4-5 on the Bortle Scale. See the official web site link below for fees, opening and closing dates.
Local campgrounds include
Knife Campground and
Reynolds Alberta Museum is also located near here.