Fawcett Lake Provincial Recreation Area offers a fantastic family campground in Alberta. Tucked within boreal forest and set on the edge of glorious Fawcett Lake, known for its epic fishing and boating opportunities, it’s no surprise the campground is such a popular hangout in the summer months. The winter months offer recreational fun too, with ice fishing and snowmobiling nearby.
With a cool and temperate climate, the park sees a lot of rain so packing layers is recommended at any time of the year. Visit in the height of summer and enjoy 23 °C (73 °F) days that are ideal for sunbathing on the private beach. Kayaking on the lake or fishing for perch, pike or walleye are great pastimes even when the weather doesn’t play along.
The campsites are all scattered along the lake shoreline. Tucked beneath the trees, they’re a superb spot to relax and unwind. They don’t offer any stand-out facilities - all 58 campsites are unserviced - but the views more than make up for it. For those interested in a bit of history, the park was once a Prisoner of War camp during the Second World War and you can still see the remains of the 1940s POW-run sawmill along the shore here.
Make sure you arrive early here though for a good spot. All of the campsites are available on a first come, first served basis.
You’ll find Fawcett Lake Provincial Recreation Area 12 miles (20 km) north of Smith on West Fawcett Lake Road, Alberta. Parking is available in between the day use area and the campground, but if you are staying overnight you can of course park at your campsite.
There are no specific driving restrictions in the park, but campers are advised to drive slowly and watch out for wildlife. As the campground is set with stunning boreal forest, you’ll have to keep an eye out for low-hanging branches.
Fawcett Lake Campground in Fawcett Lake Provincial Recreation Area has a total of 58 unserviced campsites. Located along the shoreline, the campsites are lovely and shady, but there is not much in the line of facilities. Campers will have access to pit toilets, pump water, fire pits, and firewood.
Facilities in the campground include a sandy beach, boat launch area, day use area, fish cleaning station, and washrooms. Quiet hours are in place between 11pm and 7am. Fawcett Lake Campground is pet-friendly and the campsites are available on a first come, first served basis.
Fawcett Lake in Alberta is famous for its excellent walleye, northern pike and yellow perch fishing. The fishing opportunities are endless here as the lake itself is 10 miles (16 km) long and two miles (3 km) wide. On top of that, there are three connecting rivers and various streams that are great for angling. A boat launch area and fish cleaning station in the park are the cherry on top. Summer fishing is closed in the eastern part of the lake until the beginning of July, and the entire lake is open for fishing for the rest of the year. Burbot ice fishing is also popular in the winter months. Please note that an Alberta angling license is required.
Fawcett Lake Provincial Recreation Area has a lovely little beach area that’s perfect for sunbathing and swimming in the warmer summer months. Pack a picnic to enjoy with a view of the water while the kids enjoy building sandcastles and splashing about in the lake. There are power boats in the lake here, but they have to keep to the seven mile (12 km) an hour speed limit. Don’t forget to wear a hat and lather on some sun cream!
At 10 miles (16 km) long and two miles (3 km) wide, Fawcett Lake is perfect for power boating all year round. There are four islands and three connecting rivers to explore too! Power boating is permitted in the lake, provided you keep to the seven mile (12 km) an hour speed limit near the campground beach area. Other boating opportunities include rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing.
Campers and day visitors to Fawcett Lake Provincial Recreation Area can enjoy snowmobiling off-site during the Canadian winter. During the off season winter months, you will have access to the lake only for snowmobiling purposes. Please note that snowmobiling is not permitted anywhere else in the park. There are also informal snowmobile trails in the surrounds, such as the Trans Canadian Snowmobile Trail.
Fawcett Lake is an absolute treat to explore from the water. There are four islands and three connecting rivers to explore so how much you see is really up to how energetic you’re feeling on the day. Pack a picnic and launch your canoe or kayak for a day of paddling along the shoreline. Keep an eye out for the interesting birds and wildlife in the park. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars!
During the off season months, geocaching is a popular pastime in Fawcett Lake Provincial Recreation Area. For those not in the know, geocaching is a real-life treasure hunt - except instead of a map, you’ll be following GPS coordinates on your mobile phone. Once you’ve reached the spot, you’ll then have to try and find the geocache (container) hidden somewhere nearby. You will need a mobile phone with GPS to enjoy this activity.