RV campers who want a peaceful destination in the Canadian city with the most hours of daylight should add Blackstrap Provincial Park, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to their must-visit places. The waterfront campgrounds and surrounding park make the area a popular destination during both the peak season and the offseason. Campers and day guests visit the park to participate in water activities and escape city life. The abundant recreation and the proximity of the park are just two reasons guests stay at Blackstrap Provincial Park. Reserve your camping space and plan to stay for a few days so you can experience all the park has to offer.
Saskatchewan is different than the other Canadian provinces because it is the only province that is landlocked. But just because Saskatchewan doesn’t have a lake or ocean bordering it, doesn’t mean that it lacks other outstanding characteristics. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s most populated city, is surrounded by wheat fields and divided by the South Saskatchewan River. The province also has distinct regions like the boreal forest and the Canadian prairie, giving the entire province, including Saskatoon, a place for people to camp, adventure, and spend time outdoors.
When planning your vacation, choose Saskatoon. Discover all of the activities, art, and culture that the city has to offer, and then escape with your RV to Blackstrap Provincial Park. You’ll get the best of both worlds choosing Blackstrap Provincial Park as your Saskatchewan RVing destination.
Blackstrap Provincial Park is located near the city of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. From Saskatoon, the park is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the city’s center. From Prince Albert, the park is located 117 miles (189 km) southwest.
Guests visiting the park and camping overnight must pay a vehicle park entry fee in addition to the cost of the campsite. You may pay for both fees when reserving your site, or you may pay your park entry fee upon arriving at the park.
All of the campgrounds are accessible from the park’s main entrance. Enter the park near the Park Entry Office off of Highway 211, and proceed through the park to reach your reserved camping space. Many of the sites permit campers larger than 50 feet in length. Contact the office for site specifics if your RV or camper is larger than 50 feet to see if your rig will fit in your desired campground.
The Hazelnut Grove Campground is a lakeside campground located closest to the park’s entrance. This campground has seasonal and offseason camping and is pet-friendly. All sites in the Hazelnut Grove Campground have 15 and 30 amp electrical service, a fire ring, picnic table, and charcoal grill. The campground provides campers with access to firewood, drinking water, trash receptacles, and restrooms. Campers staying in this campground are close to the hiking trail as well as the beach and boat launch. Please keep noise to a minimum at all times. All Saskatchewan provincial parks are quiet zones 24 hours a day.
The Kevin Misfeldt Campground is a pet-friendly, seasonally operating campground. The camping area is the southernmost campground at Blackstrap Provincial Park, and it offers guests waterfront views of Blackstrap Lake. There are a variety of camping choices to choose from. The natural surface driveways accommodate RVs and trailers over 50 feet in length, and campers may pick from electrical hookup sites with 15 and 30 amps or non-electric sites. Each camping space has a picnic table, fire ring, and a charcoal grill. The Kevin Misfeldt Campground provides guests with drinking water, restrooms with flushing toilets, showers, vault toilets, a playground, and a dump station. Sites that don’t have electricity may run generators when the campsite is occupied, and generators are only permitted intermittently between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 am. All Saskatchewan provincial parks are quiet zones 24 hours a day.
The Sunset Ridge Campground is one of the campgrounds located near the back end of the park. This pet-friendly, seasonally operating campground has full hookup spaces with water, electric, and sewer as well as electric-only spaces with 15 and 30 amp outlets. The gravel driveways accommodate RVs and trailers up to 40 feet in length, and each site has electrical hookups with 15 and 30 amp service. Every site has a picnic table, a fire ring, and a charcoal grill. Guests who stay at this campground will have access to drinking water, trash receptacles, restrooms, showers, and vault toilets. All Saskatchewan provincial parks are quiet zones 24 hours a day.
Guests come to Blackstrap Provincial Park to play at the beach even if they aren’t staying overnight. The sandy beach is perfect for people who like to sit next to the water, but don’t always enjoy taking a dip because the sand is soft, and it is surrounded by large trees with plenty of shaded areas. The beach is close to the Lakeside and Aspen Grove parking areas, and there is a changing area with a shower and flushing toilets close to the sand. Bring your beach chairs and your swimming gear for a fun-in-the-sun day at the Blackstrap beach.
There is more to do than swim at Blackstrap Provincial Park. The day use areas at the park have activities for people of many ages and interests. During the summer months, the park operates a concession stand with food and snacks, so guests don’t have to travel far to get a meal. The park also has multiple playgrounds and more than one picnic area. There are many choices for guests to eat outdoors overlooking some of the park’s most scenic areas. Many of the camping areas are close to picnic shelters, so if you are camping, you don’t have to go far to find a pretty place to eat. Check with the park for more information on the concession stand’s operating hours.
If you or your family like water activities, then Blackstrap Provincial Park is the place to visit. Guests have the opportunity to stay close to the lake and then walk to their camping area after a day outside on the water. The park’s boat launch is located near the Lakeside Picnic Area, and boaters can fish, waterski, windsurf, and canoe. If you don’t have a boat, there are rental facilities located near the park, so everyone who wants to have fun on the lake has the opportunity.
Blackstrap Lake is a favorite fishing lake for Saskatoon locals. Anglers fish for turbot, perch, walleye, and pike, and the fishing is plentiful whether you fish from the shore or a boat. If you prefer to fish from a boat, launch your boat from the boat ramp, which is located in between Lakeside Picnic Area and Fisherman’s point. If you catch fish, the park has a fish filleting area near the boat launch. The park makes it convenient to fish without leaving the facility. Don’t forget your fishing license. Saskatchewan law requires all anglers ages 16 and older to hold a valid fishing license. If you don’t have a permit before coming to the park, you may purchase one at the Park Office.
Guests who like to spend time outside seeing the different scenic areas of the places they stay will enjoy the park’s multi-seasonal trail. The trailhead is located near the Mountain View Picnic Area. There are restrooms and a parking lot near the trailhead. The path is 3.1 miles (5 km) long, and it winds close to the shores of the lake and near the Hazelnut Grove Campground. Hikers and cross country skiers may use the trail as long as the weather permits. Contact the Park Office for questions about hiking or cross country skiing.
Bird enthusiasts should come to the park with binoculars, cameras, bird guides, and a comfortable chair to sit and look for some of the park’s resident and visiting bird species. The area is mostly known for its birds because of the marshy habitat that surrounds the lake. Waterbirds, like the Franklin’s gull, as well as western grebes, black terns, and tundra swan, inhabit the area and are visible from the spring until the fall. Migratory species like the stilt sandpiper, red-necked phalarope, Forster’s tern, and bufflehead call the wetlands home along their path to and from warmer climates. Ask a member of the park staff where the best areas are within the park to watch for birds.