Dry Haven Campground is one of the most rustic campground along the David Thompson Highway. Amenities are few, sites are quite open, there is no water and it is located next to the highway.

While it’s probably not the best option as a holiday destination it is great for a quick overnight stay and the communal kitchen shelter is great on a rainy day. This feature has made it worthwhile for us on more than one occasion as we dried up after a day of hiking in the rain. There are nicer nicer campgrounds in the area, including Fish Lake and Goldeye Lake.

The campground is clean and well maintained, unfortunately the setting could be better. The site are very open and the sound of speeding vehicles on the highway is very noticeable unless you can get one of the few sites along the creek.

The best feature on a rainy day is the shelter. It is unfortunately located next to the highway but given that many of the campgrounds (e.g. Goldeye Lake, Two O’Clock Creek and Thompson Creek) in the area no longer have shelters, this is a bonus. As of 2015 firewood is no longer included in the fees and it is not available at the campground. Plan ahead if you are visiting the area.

Dry toilets and bear proof garbage bins are the only other amenities at this campground. There is no drinking water or bear proof food storage available.

Campground Guide

This information is based on our stay on July 29, 2013. It has been updated on September 5, 2015 to reflect the new rates.

  • Season: May to Thanksgiving
  • Number of Sites: 14 non-serviced
  • Washrooms: Dry toilets
  • Water: No
  • Firewood: As of the summer 2015 firewood is no longer provided. Plan ahead if visiting the area.
  • Shelter: Communal kitchen shelter near the entrance
  • Playground: No
  • Site Fees: $20 per site per night. Cash only. Self Registration.
  • Reservations: No
  • Operator: Alberta Parks campground operated by Westward Bound Campgrounds

Getting there

The campground is located 11 km west of Nordegg along highway 11. Watch for the Dry Haven Provincial Recreation Area sign.

Camp safety

  • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow signs and respect all closures.
  • Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
  • Always use the bear proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
  • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
  • This area has cell phone reception. There are no payphones at this campground.
  • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.


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