Preacher’s Point North Rustic Camping Area

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This is one of the most easily accessible lakeside camping spots in the region, making it one of the most popular.

Above: In late summer and fall this is a great spot to paddle through the flooded aspen trees

Located at the furthest end of Abraham Lake from the Bighorn Dam, roughly 30 km away, this area sees large fluctuations throughout the year. If you visit in the spring or early summer you’ll find the North Saskatchewan River flowing through its original channel. Come back in late summer or the fall and you’ll find a full lake, often overflowing its banks into the nearby aspen trees and making it a popular spot for paddling and photography.

Over the past few years the provincial government turned it into an official camping area with access roads and toilets. It is included in the public lands camping pass, allowing you to stay for up to 14 days at a time for $30 per adult per year.

Please note that motorized vehicles are not allowed below the high water mark or on the lake bottom from April 30 to December 1.

Above: As Abraham Lake fills up in later summer and fall it creates some amazing scenes with flooded aspens and mountain reflections

Join Us On A Guided Tour

All our scenic float tours start within a short 10-minute drive from this camping area while our Coral Creek Canyon and Whitegoat Falls guided hikes are less than 10 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 Preacher’s Point

The meeting locations for tours offered by Rockies Heli Canada, McKenzie’s Trails West, Banff Canyoning and Girth Hitch Guiding are less than 10 minutes away along the David Thompson Highway.

Popular hikes in the area include Siffleur Falls, Coral Creek Canyon, Tuff Puff Ridge and Thompson Creek Falls. This is a good spot to finish a river trip from the Icefields Parkway or to paddle on the lake once the reservoir fills up in late summer. Keep in mind that the water is cold all year and that winds can pick up quickly as you plan your water adventure.

Nearby Services

You’ll find a restaurant, gas station, basic supplies and gift shops at The Crossing Resort, 25 minutes away, and David Thompson Resort, 10 minutes away.

Nordegg is only 40 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 on Highway 11, 60 km west of Nordegg and 30 km east of Saskatchewan River Crossing. 

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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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