Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Chain Lakes

Chain Lakes provincial park

About Chain Lakes

Chain Lakes Provincial Park is a small provincial park located less than an hour south of Calgary on Highway 22. It is a popular place for Calgarians who want to get away for the day or a weekend to fish and camp. The reservoir is regularly stocked with lake trout so there is no shortage of fish to catch. Windsurfers, Kayakers and Canoers will regularly be seen in the summertime enjoying the water and ice fisherman will be set up around their drilled holes in the wintertime.

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Summer at Chain Lakes

Chain Lakes Provincial Park is a popular place for fishers and campers alike to get away for the weekend – or just an afternoon. There is no shortage of picnic areas, geocaches, and campsites at Chain Lakes. There is also lots of wildlife and birds to view. On the water, users love to canoe, kayak, power boat (12km/h speed limit), and sail. The lake is not ideal for swimming but the other activities certainly make up for this fact.

Winter at Chain Lakes

In the wintertime, ice fishing is popular at Chain Lakes Provincial Park.

Camping at Chain Lakes

Chain Lakes Provincial Park has a mid-sized campground and two group camp areas. All of the firepits are communal and shared among campers because of the dry conditions in the area.

CampgroundAmenitiesType of SiteAmount AvailableCost/Night
Chain Lakes Campground
(May 12 – September 29)
Boat launch, cook shelter, pay phone, sewage dump, fast food concession, outhouse, firewood, power, pier, water (tap/pump), playgroundPower (15/30 amp)60$36.00
Unserviced Campsites31$28.00
Group Camping
Loop CCook shelter, firepits, firewood, outhouse, water (tap)Unserviced Units30 units$210/5 units + $28/extra unit
This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Chain Lakes

Chain Lakes has two day use areas:

  1. Chain Lakes Day Use – Amenities include: boat launch, pay phone, outhouses, water (pump), playground, fast food concession. Activities include: canoeing/kayaking, day use, boating (electric motors only), fishing, sailing, and wildlife viewing. Liquor is permitted throughout the day use however due to the dry nature of the park, fires are all communal. Also note that when the reservoir levels are low – the boat launch may not be usable.
  2. Chain Lakes Boat Launch – The chain lakes boat launch includes a boat launch, outhouse, and fast food concession. Allowable activities include canoeing, kayaking, day use, fishing, power boating, sailing, and wildlife viewing.

Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 136km

Distance to Edmonton: 416km

Distance to Red Deer: 266km

Distance to Lethbridge: 159km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 840km

Coordinates: 50°12’09.3″N 114°11’08.2″W

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