Chinook Lake
99 Sites - 22 Reservable
PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA
CLOSED for the Season
Tentative opening date: May 5, 2018.
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Chinook Lake is one of the most popular campgrounds in the Crowsnest Pass area. With lake activites, extensive trails and a large day-use area, you can keep busy, or relax. Sites range from lake side to deep forest campsites. The turnoff for Chinook Lake is 8 km west of Coleman. The turnoff north, towards Crowsnest Mountain, is well signed as "Allison/Chinook".

Chinook Lake is located in the valley at the foot of Mount Tecumseh (SW) and the foot of Crowsnest Mountain (NE). The lake is great for swimmers, kayaker's, canoeists, tubers and other water enthusiasts. Power motors are not permitted.

The towns of Coleman and Blairmore are a 15 minute drive east and offer 24 hour services by 7-11, Macs and Tim Horton's. Other businesses include grocery, drug and hardware stores, health stores and spas, movie theatre, many unique restaurants and more. A dumping station is available in Blairmore.

You are expected to bring your own water. Government of Alberta regulations require that water from pumps/taps like the one located here NOT be used for drinking, cooking or washing (including brushing teeth and washing dishes). Water from the pump/tap onsite can only be used for purposes like putting out a campfire.
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22 Sites are reservable, the rest are first-come first-serve. Payment by cash or personal cheque only.
CAMPING SITE:
$23
/ unit / night
TENTING LOOP:
$23
/ unit / night
FIREWOOD:
n/a
Checkout time is 2pm
Maximum 16 day stay
Campground Info
Open:
May 5 - October 15
Operator:
Phone:
403.627.1165
Reservations
Reservations are now available for 22 sites.
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1.877.537.2757
Location
Allison / Chinook Recreation Area is located 8 km west of Crowsnest Pass and 6 km. north off highway 3.

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Activities
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A 2 km walking trail circles the lake and is an excellent hike. There is a bit of a steep hill on the east side, it's an easier walk if you do the tougher part first and start by going east, toward the dam.

Many X-Country ski trails close by are great for hiking and mountain biking. Maps are available and all junctions are identified. These trails are moderate to strenuous hikes, and are not groomed for hiking so there may be deadfall or rough hiking surfaces.

Another trail from the dam leads down along the creek to the Fish Hatchery. The Fish Hatchery offers tours daily from 10am to 3pm Monday - Friday ... no appointment necessary, just drop in. Call (403) 563-3385 for details. Other trails such as the Deadman's Pass trail (west side of Lake) are for prepared hikers only.

Many interesting sites are a short drive away including Crowsnest Lake, Emerald Lake, Window Mountain Lake, Crowsnest River with great fly-fishing in many locations, 18 hole golf course, Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Bellevue Underground Mine Tour, Crowsnest Museum.

For more info on places to go, visit GoCrowsnest.ca.
Rules and Regulations
Maximum 16 day stay in all Provincial Recreation Areas
Firearms are prohibited within Provincial Recreation Areas.
Bathroom facilities are of the outhouse variety,
no flush toilets or showers are available.
Each sleeping unit on site must register and
fee per/unit paid. 
Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.
Quiet time is 11:00 PM.  No Visitors after 11:00 PM
Speed limit is 20 km/hr unless otherwise posted.
This information is intended as a general outline of the regulations under the Alberta Provincial Parks Act which deals with recreational activities in provincial recreation areas. These rules are subject to change without notice.
View the Alberta Provincial Parks Act to review the complete regulations.
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