Bighorn Dam Rustic Camping Area

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One of the busiest camping spots along Abraham Lake and the only one allowing OHVs with direct connections to the trail system.

Above: The North Saskatchewan River below the dam

This popular camping spot has undergone a lot of changes over the past two years as the province upgraded roads, added toilets and created a new staging area for OHVs.

We’ll be updating this guide in the coming weeks now that construction is wrapping up.

Above: OHV at the Bighorn Dam
Above: The Bighorn Dam
Above: Views of Abraham Lake

Join Us On A Guided Tour

All our scenic float tours start within a short 30-minute drive from this camping area while our Coral Creek Canyon and Whitegoat Falls guided hikes are less than 20 minutes away.

From $80 per person
Whitegoat Falls Guided Hike
An easy half day hike to the pretty Whitegoat Falls near Abraham Lake where the creek has cut through the rock to create a double falls.
From $85 per person
The Icefields Scenic Float
Take in the views of Wilson Icefields from the North Saskatchewan River on this 1 hour float tour.
From $139 per person
The Kootenay Plains Scenic Float
Float through the golden plains of the Saskatchewan, from Whirlpool Point to Preacher’s Point. Enjoy the views of the open valley and mountains on this scenic section of the North Saskatchewan River.
From $185 per person
Glaciers + Fires Scenic Float
Explore one of the most dramatic sections of the North Saskatchewan River with glaciers as the backdrop as we float through an area that burned a few years ago.
From $110 per person
Coral Creek Canyon Guided Hike
This moderate hike takes us along two narrow canyons: the Coral Creek Canyon and the Cline River Canyon. We take our time walking along them to enjoy the views and surrounding mountains.

Explore the Region From The Bighorn Dam

The meeting locations for tours offered by Rockies Heli Canada, McKenzie’s Trails West, Banff Canyoning and Girth Hitch Guiding are less than 25 minutes away along the David Thompson Highway.

Nearby Services

You’ll find a restaurant, gas station, basic supplies and gift shops at David Thompson Resort, 20 minutes away.

Nordegg is only 25 minutes away where you’ll find gas stations, basic supplies, restaurants and shops. An RV sani-dump is available at the Nordegg Lodge.

Getting Here

The camping area is located 28 km west of Nordegg on Highway 11 and Range Road 170A.

Get directions

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We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, explore and adventure is home to the Îyârhe Nakoda First Nation and the Smallboy Mountain Cree, part of the Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 Territories, part of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3, and has been the traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. We are grateful for the stewardship of these lands along with the knowledge, traditions, and teachings that have been passed down through generations.

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