Location: 75kms east of Red Deer, 135kms
southeast of Edmonton Alberta.
Access may be dusty due to 6kms of gravel road before the entrance.
The Narrows campground contains 61 well treed sites located next to a narrow
channel in-between the southwest end of Buffalo Lake and Parlby Bay. There are
also several campsites
in the surrounding Boreal Forest
that offer good privacy. Amenities include picnic tables, fire pits,
water, dry toilets, refuse
containers, boat launch and a fish cleaning station. The narrows are absolutely
suited for canoes and kayaks however you can launch larger boats to gain access
to Buffalo Lake. Buffalo Lake offers good Northern Pike fishing, you'll need a
license to try your luck. Wild grasses growing along
the edge of the canal are well over
high. Common Cattails found here have huge tall green stems with dark
brown candle heads. There
is also a rare orchid that grows
in this area called "Yellow
Lady's Slipper". Elk, Deer and Moose frequent the area and it's excellent
for 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.