Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Alberta Parks

Elbow Lake Backcountry Campground

Information: 403-678-0760
Lat: 50.637443 Long: -115.009242
A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.

Elbow Lake Backcountry Campground is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, 75 km south of Hwy. 1 on Hwy. 40. The closest access is at Elbow Pass Day Use Area. It is 1.3 km from the trailhead via Elbow Lake Trail. There are around 15 tenting pads in the forest along the emerald green lake. Here there are pit/vault toilets, and secure food storage lockers. 

This trail is 1.3km one way with 125 meters of elevation gain and is rated easy. 

Note: Please note that it is illegal to remove, deface, injure or destroy trees and using dead wood lying on the ground for firewood is also prohibited.

Camping

Sites Rate / Person / Night Water Source Camping Season Current Status
15 $12 Lake Jun 15 - Nov 30 Seasonal Closure
Currently Booking to
May 24, 2024
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Updated: Feb 21, 2024