McLeod River Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

McLeod River Campground

Information: 780-865-2154
Facility Operator: West Fraser Mills-Fox Creek Development Association

The McLeod River Provincial Recreation Area provides an idyllic camping experience in a unique river valley setting.  Located only 23 km southeast of Hinton on the Robb Road, the campground is divided into two main sections. Spacious, treed campsites along the McLeod River make for a lovely basecamp for a day of river fishing, hiking and exploring. Walking trails meander along the riverbank, and the McLeod River Silviculture Trail provides an beautiful interpretive walk or mountain bike ride beneath a canopy of tall spruce forest. The park provides a lovely day-use area along the babbling river with a backdrop of sandstone cliffs. Fire pits and picnic tables are provided for a fun family getaway near the water.  Keep your eyes on the sky to spot bald eagles who hunt and nest in this river valley.

The McLeod River headwaters begin just outside of the eastern boarder of Jasper National Park and Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park.  The tributaries are fed by icy cold meltwaters on the western slopes of Tripoli and Cheviot Mountains. The fast river snakes through the Provincial Recreation Area and onwards through rolling foothills, eventually joining the mighty Athabasca River near the town of Whitecourt. The McLeod River is enjoyed by advanced canoers and kayakers during high water levels.  Visitors are reminded that fast river currents make for a challenging paddling adventure and should only be attempted by those with adequate training and planning.


Season: May 15 - Oct 31
Site Type Campsites Power Rate/Night Reservable Dates Current Status
Unserviced 51 - $15 Feb 5 - Oct 15
Book by Phone

  • Reservations can be made by calling 780-865-2154 on Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Reservation fee is non-refundable.
  • Unreserved sites are available on a First Come-First Served basis.


Phone Reservations

No charge firewood available at campground.


Water is available from a hand pump at this site. Although Alberta Parks strives to maintain water quality, we recommend that you bring your own drinking water.

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Updated: Jan 30, 2024