Payne Lake Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Payne Lake Campground

Information: 403-653-2522
Facility Operator: VCL Facility Contractors

This scenic lakeside campground is in Payne Lake Provincial Recreation Area, 25 km west of Cardston on Hwy. 5 (18 km east of Waterton Lakes National Park on Hwy. 5). Choose from scenic lakeview sites or the shade and privacy of natural mixed forest. Fish for trout, hike, sail, windsurf, canoe, or go power boating on the lake.


Season: May 1 - Oct 15
Site Type Campsites Power Rate/Night Reservable Dates Current Status
Unserviced 65 - $24 No Seasonal Closure
Winter Camping 29 - $24 No -

  • Services are not available during the winter season.
  • Campground is not plowed in the winter and access is dependent on weather conditions.


First Come, First Serve

Firewood concession during peak season only; firewood is not available during winter months.

Help stop the spread of forest pests, Dutch elm disease and emerald ash borer.  Plan to buy firewood locally, burn on site, never bring home.

  • 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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Updated: Aug 4, 2022