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Starland Public Campgrounds


Starland County Campgrounds will be open as of June 19th, 2020 with limited amenities. These campgrounds as Starland Recreation Area, Michichi Dam Recreation Area and McLaren Dam.

Please note that not all amenities will be available. Please be prepared to have your own firewood, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.

Camp Kitchen areas will remain closed.

The Shower house/washrooms will remain closed at the Michichi Recreation Area.

Campgrounds will remain first-come first-serve.

The Province of Alberta has announced that they will be re-opening Tolman Bridge and Bleriot Ferry campgrounds for this camping season only. The re-open is planned for June 29th. Please check Alberta Parks website for any updates on those campgrounds.


For the enjoyment of our residents and visitors Starland County operates three seasonal campground/recreation areas. Please note that sites are occupied on a first come first serve basis and WE DO NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS AT ANY OF OUR SITES.

Campsites are generally open from May long weekend to the fall, weather dependent. 

Starland Recreation Area

Situated 10 km west of Morrin on Highway 27, Starland Recreation Area is located in the scenic Red Deer River Valley and is the perfect place to get away from it all. It is a popular stopover for canoeists travelling down the river. There are three ball diamonds which are used for ball tournaments and family reunions as well as for an impromptu game. There is CSA approved playground equipment. One of our newer features is a gazebo which is useful for family gatherings and weddings.  

The area has a short formal hiking trail as well as an excellent opportunity to go hill climbing and exploring.  There is developed access to the river which allows for boat launching and fishing. There are 50 formalized sites as well as overflow and group camping areas.

Current Rate: $20/night per unit, unserviced sites only

Thanks to Helge Nome who sent us this excellent aerial video showing the beauty of the area at sunset along with his comments "Great campground, good fishing" Video: Starland Campground: Badland Sunset 

Michichi Dam Recreation Area

Situated directly south of Michichi on Secondary Highway 849, Michichi Dam Recreation Area is a quiet getaway a midst the rolling grass hills of the prairie. Conveniently located 25 km north of Drumheller, it is an excellent spot to camp and still be close enough to go visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and other tourist attractions in the area. There are eighteen formal campsites complete with firepits and picnic tables. Eighteen sites are powered sites. As well, there are twenty overflow campsites and group camping areas and camp kitchen facilities. There are coin operated shower facilities with handicap access. There are flush toilets available in the shower house. There is CSA approved playground equipment. There is an RV water and sewer station available for your convenience. The campground is equipped with 8 water hookups and no sewer hookups. There is potable water. Firewood is included in your camping fee if available.

You can also enjoy the newly built Michichi Creek Boardwalk which has its trail head inside the campground. This 1 km trail borders the edge of the picturesque reservoir, and makes it way to a beautiful gazebo. 11 interpretive signs highlight information about the area including flora, fauna, geology, history and more. 

Michichi Dam Recreation Area is stocked with fish on a fairly annual basis. In 2011, there were 14,000 rainbow trout, with an average length of 14 cm, stocked in the dam.  Home of the Ryan Savary Memorial Fishing Derby which is usually held in August of each year. A tradition at the Derby is to award the competitor who catches a fish closest to the weight of the largest fish that Savary caught in the Michichi Dam which was 1 lb., 3.2 oz.

Current Rates: $20/night per unit unserviced, $25/night per unit serviced

Directions: Just immediately South of Michichi on Highway 849 (0.33km).

Please note no motorized craft are allowed on the Dam and the Shower House may only be open on weekends.

McLaren Dam Recreation Area

For those who like camping and fishing McLaren Dam Recreation Area is a perfect spot. Located approximately 24 km north of Delia, McLaren Dam is a large informal campground. It is equipped with fire pits, picnic tables and a camp kitchen facility. There are 16 electricity hookups available. Group camping sites are available.  In 2011, the Dam was stocked with 12,000 rainbow trout averaging 14 cm in length. Motorized craft are allowed on the Dam and firewood is included in your camping fee if available.

Current Rates: $20/night per unit unserviced, $25/night per unit serviced

Directions: Go North on Highway 851 to Township Road 33-4, turn left and go two miles to Range Road 18-2 then turn south 1 mile. (There should be a sign on Highway 851 at Township Road 33-4)

Updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Jun 17th, 2020