CAMPING & FISHING
Muskoseepi Park. Located in the centre of Grande Prairie features the Bear Creek, Centennial Park, Park Pavilion, Amphitheatre and the Pioneer Museum. Also enjoy the trout pond, lawn bowling green, mini golf and picnic area and 15 km of paved hiking/biking trails. (780) 538-0451
O'Brien Provincial Park.... located 11km south of Grande Prairie on the banks of the Wapiti River. Equipped with picnic tables and toilets, with large park. No overnight camping. Summer hiking trails and cross country ski trails in the winter.
Grande Prairie Rotary Campground and Trailer Park - 59 sites, 21 stalls serviced, power, water, sewer, showers, located within the city limits. On the banks of Bear Creek on 108 Street, Grande Prairie. Open May to September. (780) 532-1137
Wee Links Campground - 23 sites, showers, power and water, within the City limits, south end of City at 100 Street and 68 Avenue, Grande Prairie. Par 3 golf and driving range. Open April to October. (780) 538-4501
Camp Tamarack RV Park - only a few kilometers south of Grande Prairie on Highway 40. 89 sites, 52 pull-thrus, Satellite/cable hookups, convenient store. (780) 532-9998
Stompede Campground - at Evergreen Park, a few km south of Grande Prairie on Resources Road. 80 sites, playground, showers, (780) 532-4568
Country Roads RV Park - a few km north-west of Grande Prairie nestled in the Bear Creek Valley. Open year-round. Fully serviced. 30 pull through and 35 back in sites. Open May to September. (780) 532-6323
Wilderness RV Park at Nitehawk, 16 km south of Grande Prairie along the banks of the Wapiti River. 35 sites in total, with 22 fully serviced, and13 just with power. Showers, bathrooms and laundry. (780) 532-6637.
Wilderness RV Park
Happy Trails RV Campground - located northwest of Grande Prairie, west of 4 mile corner on TWP 722. Open year-round. 40 full service sites. (expanding 110 more sites plus 18 cabins)
Bear Creek RV Park located 2.5 km west of 100 Street along 132 Ave. Next to golf course. 20 Full serviced sites, open year round. (780) 538-3393.
Bear Creek Golf Club
|ALBERTA HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES
Now you can apply online for special hunting license draws and even purchase and print your own Alberta Sportfishing License. Get your WIN card online by visiting MyWildAlberta.com. This website is Managed by the Ministry of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD)
Information for fishermen, hunters and trappers:
My Wildlife website
Online Fishing and Hunting Licensing: Albertarelm.com
ALBERTA HUNTING-FISHING LICENSES AVAILABLE AT:
Beaverlodge: Calverts Department Store, Golden Guns and Tackle.
Bonanza: Bonanza General Store, Hwy 719, Township Road 80101.
Debolt: Trapper Gord Homestead and Survival
Fairview: Boyt Department Store, Freson Bros.
Falher: Original Petes Confectionery, Main street.
Faust: Original Petes Confectionery, Bay Shore Resort.
Grande Prairie: Canadian Tire Store, both IGA stores, and Wholesale Sports.Girouxille: General Co-op, Main Street.
Grimshaw: Grimshaw Super A Foods.
Hines Creek: B.E. Hardware.
High Level: Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, Bird Nest Pawn & Second Hand Shop.
High Prairie: True hardware, 51 Ave. Shaw's Point.
Joussard: Joussard Suprette.
Kinuso: Strawberry Service
La Crete: Home Hardware, Teichroeb Petroleum.
Manning: Freson Bros, Manning True Value.
McLennan: Home Hardware.
Peace River: Canadian Tire, OT Outdoor, Freson Bros.
Sexsmith: Tags Food & GasSilver Valley: Savanna General Store.
Spirit River: Super A Foods
Valleyview: Freson Bros, Robs B's Sports, Red Willow Outfitters.
Worsley: Worsley General Store
*Locations may change without notice
|BRITISH COLUMBIA FISHING LICENSES
You can purchase a BC Fishing License on-line Fishing.gov.bc.ca.
The annual fishing licenses are valid from April 1 to March 31st the following year.
BC HUNTING & FISHING LICENCES AVAILABLE AT:
Chetwynd: Chamber of Commerce, Jackfish Lake General Store, Lone Star Sporting Goods, Service BC.Dawson Creek: Corlane Sporting Goods, Service BC,
Fort St John: Blackcountry, J&E Baker Pure Water Sales, Service BC, Visitor Centre. Charlie Lake Store.
Tomslake: JR's Custom Gunsmithing
Tumbler RIdge: Jade True Value Hardware, Megmar Maintenance.
*Locations may change without notice
|GRANDE PRAIRIE - CAMPING & FISHING
|CAMPGROUND REPORT - Grande Prairie Area: CLICK HERE
Reports active May to September
Campgrounds near the City of Grande Prairie:
NORTH OF GRANDE PRAIRIE:
Bear Lake - Located northwest of Clairmont just west of Highway 2. Has small beach, boat launch, bathrooms and campground with 15 sites.
Sexsmith - Heritage Park Campground Located on the south entrance to Sexsmith. Full service. 13 paved parking sites, picnic tables, showers, sanitary dumping station, 9 hole mini golf course, trout fishing pond, and children's playground. Open May 1 to September 30. (780) 568-3681.
Rycroft - NARDAM Campground , west of Rycroft on Highway 49. 16 camp stalls, campstoves, playground. (780) 765-3687.
Spirit River - Chepi-sepe Municipal Park. Full hook-up stalls available. Located on the east end of town along Highway 49. (780) 864-3998.
Moonshine Lake Provincial Park - Located 27 km west and 7 km north of Spirit River, Alberta, on Highway 49 Some sites have electricity. Swimming, fishing. Only electric motors allowed. (780) 538-5350.
Dunvegan Provincial Park - Located 90 km north of Grande Prairie on Highway 2. Sixty-seven campsites some with power. See Historical buildings situated along the Peace River. (780) 538-5350.
|Saskatoon Island, Young’s Point, Dunvegan, and Lesser Slave Lake.
Reserve up to 90 days in advance 1-877-537-2757.
Campsite Reservation Fee is now $12.
WEST OF GRANDE PRAIRIE:
Saskatoon Island Provincial Park - 21km west of Grande Prairie and 4km north. 97 sites. Serviced sites. Beach. Waterskiing and tubing. Reservations: (780) 538-5350.
Pipestone Creek Park- 17km south of Wembley. 96 unserviced spots on the banks of the Wapiti River. Horseshoes, ball diamond, playground, hiking, group camping, showers. (780) 766-2391.
Beaverlodge Pioneer Campground - located in Beaverlodge. 19 sites. Tourist booth. Open May 15 to September 30. (780) 354-2201.
Hommy Park - 5 km southwest of Beaverlodge on Highway 43. 22 sites, tap water, horseshoe pits, baseball diamonds.
Hythe Campground - Located on west side of Hythe. 24 sites, water, electricity, showers, flush toilets, sani-dump. (780) 356-3888.
Spring Lake - West of Grande Prairie and 30 minutes north of Hythe. Very remote. Only electric motors allowed. 44 stalls. 20 day use sites, beach and swim area, hiking trails around the lake, 2 horseshoe pits. No services. (780) 356-2498.
Demmitt Park - Located near the BC border on Highway 43. There are 20 unserviced sites. Open May 1 to mid October.
EAST OF GRANDE PRAIRIE:
Kleskun Hills Park - Day use and overnight camp area. Located 20 km east of Grande Prairie, Alberta on Highway 43, then north 3 km and west 1 km. 9 unserviced sites, tap water, washroom facilities, playground and concession booth.
Old Bezanson Townsite Campground - 10km southeast of Highway 43, is a day use area plus 21 campsites with no services. 780-228-0488. No longer over night camping, day-use only.
Swan Lake Recreation Area - 72 km east of Grande Prairie, this campground is very rustic with no services and only a handful of designated camping sites. (others park in the bush) Better known for its fishing than camping.
Young's Point and Williamson Provincial Parks at Sturgeon Lake - Located 17 km west of Valleyview. Over 100 sites to choose from. (780) 538-5350.
Cosy Cove Campground - 62 sites, located 23 km west of Valleyview on Highway 34. Group camping, automotive and boat fuel available, resident and non-resident fishing licenses available, tack and bait. (780) 957-2400.
Valleyview - Sherk's RV Park. 1 km west of Valleyview. Full hookup to all stalls, 42 back-in and 14 pull-through sites, 24 hr security, laundry facilities, showers, playground. (780) 524-4949.
Valleyview - Sands Wilderness situated along Highway 43. Water and Electricity, showers, laundry. 49 campsites. (780) 844-1560.
SOUTH OF GRANDE PRAIRIE:
Musreau Lake - 80 kilometers south of Grande Prairie on highway 40, very remote. No services. 67 campsites. Camping, boating, waterskiing, and swimming. Park Information (780) 538-5350.
There are a lot of opportunities to fish in the Peace Country. The most common fish caught in the Peace Country Lakes are Northern Pike, Walleye and also Trout. Here are just some Fishing Holes:
East Dollar Lake: north of Valleyview on Highway 49 - Rainbow Trout
Grovedale Bond: south of Grovedale - Rainbow Trout
Jackfish Lake: near Spring Lake, no road access - Northern Pike
Kakut Pond: East of Woking, Rainbow Trout and Perch
Moonshine Lake: West of Spirit River, Rainbow Trout.
Muskoseepi Park: Centre of Grande Prairie, stocked with Rainbow Trout
Snipe Lake: East of Valleyview, Pike to 15 lbs and Walleye up to 5 lbs.
Spring Lake. West of Grande Prairie. Located 26km north of Hythe. Rainbows to 8lbs.
Sturgeon Lake: East of Grande Prairie on Highway 34. 19km east of Valleyview. Pike to 30lbs and Walleye to 5lbs. Perch to 2lbs and Whitefish to 4lbs.
Torrens River: South of Two Lakes, rainbow and Cutthroat Trout above the falls.
Two Lakes. 128km south and west of Grande Prairie. North Lake catch Rainbow and Brookies while the South Lake catch Rainbows. Stocked annually.
|Perch - small but aggressive when hooked. Very flat shaped.
||Northern Pike (Jackfish) Thrive in weedy areas of lakes. Sharp teeth.
||Rainbow Trout. Troll with willowleaf or still fish with worms or corn.
As of September 15, 2002 all operators of watercraft under 4 m in length must have Proof of Competency (license) .
Effective April 1, 2004 fishermen are required to go barbless in Alberta. This is an effort to decrease the mortality of hooked fish.
September 15, 2009 all operators of a power driven Recreation Boat must have an Operator Card. This regulation also applies to sailboats equipped with an engine. To obtain a license, a test will have to be written. More information can be obtained from your local licensing centre (same place where you re-new your auto license)
FINE FOR NO BOAT OPERATOR LICENCE: $250
Special Note: 60% of all boating deaths are related to alcohol.
CAMPGROUND FINES: (as of 2005)
Not leaving campground clean and tidy - $150 fine. Making too much noise, too loud - $250 fine. Setting off fireworks in park/recreation area - $250 fine. Feeding wildlife in a park/ recreation area - $250 fine. Failing to use waste receptacles for garbage - $150 fine. Taking firewood home for personal use - $250 fine. Letting dogs and cats loose without leash - $100 fine. Lighting fire not in designated firepit - $250 fine. Not extinguishing fire before leaving - $250 fine. Camping without paying - $100 fine. Failing to register in the specified time - $100 fine. Visitor parking after 11pm - $100 fine
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PEACE COUNTRY - SNOWMOBILING (SLEDDING)
Sledding in the winter months is popular at Big Mountain south on Highway 40 has 118 km of snowmobile groomed Trails. Includes the Big Mountain Creek and borders along the Smoky River. Others travel further into British Columbia to the Kakwa Park Region about 160 km from Grande Prairie. There are a number of regulated zones that are open to sledding in Kakwa Provincial Park from December to April. There are areas that have limited motorized use and other areas of the park that is closed to all motorized travel. All snowmobilers who use Kakwa and Big Mountain require a Trail pass. Kakwa Lake which totals about 50 km is maintained by the Prince George Snowmobile Club. Before heading out it is a good idea to check for the current avalanche report.
Popular sledding areas around High Level include Watt Mountain that has 350 km of trails. Near Worsley the Sand Lake area provides about 100 square kilometres of ungroomed trails as well Running Lake area near Hines Creek is also popular.
QUADDING-SNOW MOBILE FINES ( 2016)
In Grande Prairie fines are being given out ($200) to anyone riding an off-highway vehicle on public property within the city limits which include roads, sidewalks, pathways, or parks.
|RV PARKING BYLAW IN EFFECT in Grande Prairie
June 2012: Any RV cannot be parked on city streets for more than 48 hours. (April 1 - Oct 31) Fines of $100 will be issued. Parking of RV's on city streets during the winter and early spring for any amount of time is not allowed at all.
UPDATE 2015: After April 1st you can park a RV unit on Grande Prairie streets, but only in front of your own property and only if it not causing an obstruction. The RV cannot be parked more than 48 hours before it needs to be moved. (some people think if they move it a few feet then they won't get a ticket but that will still get you a fine as it cannot be anywhere in the vicinity for 24 hours.) Again, the only safe place is in front of your own property.