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Bighorn Dam

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735dwightw wrote a review Aug 2019
Canadian Rockies, Canada3 contributions1 helpful vote
Can you drink the water? Great views and easy trails. Close to other hiking areas as well. All people camping here are friendly and responsible. No big parties.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Joseph Owens wrote a review Jun 2018
Victoria, Canada42 contributions18 helpful votes
Abraham Lake is a man-made reservoir holding part of the North Saskatchewan River, which flows on into Edmonton. The Bighorn Hydroelectric Dam supplies a great deal of the electricity consumed in the province of Alberta. Access is via the David Thompson Highway, which is a magnificent, but long and largely deserted route into the middle of the Banff, Icefields, and Jasper Park System. Really for campers. The Lake itself is generally regarded as somewhat dangerous with unpredictable and gusty winds -- and the fluctuating level of the lake can expose water sports enthusiasts to hazards in the water... which covered and drowned reserve lands of the Nakoda, T'suu T'ina and Blackfoot nations. Decaying vegetation is still producing methane after nearly 50 years. By all means visit Nordegg, the abandoned coal mining site, and while driving, keep a very sharp eye out for Bighorn Sheep -- not for nothing is the dam named what it is.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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ledicarus wrote a review Feb 2016
Tiverton, Canada75 contributions23 helpful votes
Nice view of reservoir and river not of dam. Good place for campers with quads in summer. It's 22kms from Nordegg, Alberta.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Shannon L wrote a review Sep 2015
Sherwood Park, Canada10 contributions9 helpful votes
This is our favourite camping spot...We love to pack up the trailer, bikes/quads, and the kids and leave the city life behind us. The trails are well maintained, the views are amazing (they are what convinced me to let my husband buy me a quad). We enjoy going out as often as we can all they way up to Thanksgiving (our favourite tradition). Long weekends are busy but you don't seem to have to many run ins for the amount of people out on the trails (maybe a few spots). Also make sure your Machines are registered I would hate for you to get a ticket as they are also out patrolling especially the long weekend. You can't go wrong with choosing this place...be prepared as there is no hook-ups you have to provide your own power. You can fill up with water in Nordeg and dump on your way out for a $5 fee. And you are camping in what ever spot you choose no real campsites find your spot whether it be in the trees, along the river or by Abraham lake the enjoyment is on the trails :) And remember you are in BEAR COUNTRY so please take proper care of your garbage and also CLEAN up ALL of your stuff when you leave!
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Karen BF wrote a review Jul 2014
Edmonton, Canada429 contributions203 helpful votes
Bighorn is a great destination for day trips or overnights, if you have the right kind of rig - no hookups, bathrooms or service of any kind. But amazing views, well maintained quad trails. On a long weekend try to get out there by Thursday night or you won't get a great spot. We always park up by the lake, but down by the river is nice as well. Check the forecast... if it's going to be windy you probably want the more sheltered spots down by the river. You have to be completed self-sufficient, most campers here have toy haulers and bring their quads or dirt-bikes to enjoy the trails. And note that the sign on entry says you are now in bear country! You are! We've camped here for several years and almost every time had fairly close encounters with black bears. Leave them alone and they'll leave you alone, stay on the bike and get out of their way!
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Date of experience: July 2014
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