Emerson Lake


The Emerson Lake Campground is a medium sized campground located in Sundance Provincial Park on a group of seven small lakes collectively known as Emerson Lakes. Typical activities available from the Emerson Lake Campground are fishing, hiking, canoeing, and mountain biking. The lake associated with the campground contains eastern brook trout. (Please consult fishing regulations for restrictions and catch limits.)


This recreation site is very popular with campers and is maintained by the Company for that purpose. It is a characteristic kettle and esker glacial formation. The small, deep lakes are nestled between high, steep esker rides. The eskers were once internal streams in a glacier and when the glacier retreated, the streambeds, highly rich in stream washed gravel, were deposited on the landscape and remain as an enduring reminder of a cold past. This site, originally built in 1972, was the first recreation site developed by Hinton Wood Products.

How to Get There

From Highway 16, turn north (right if travelling from Edmonton) onto Switzer Drive (this is the first exit into Hinton when travelling from Edmonton or the eastern most exit when travelling from Jasper). Continue down Switzer Drive until reaching a T-intersection (approximately 1 kilometre). Turn right. Follow this road for approximately 500 metres and take the first left (onto a large well-maintained gravel road). This road travels down and crosses the Athabasca River. Just before crossing the Athabasca River Bridge you will be on an active logging/hauling road. Drive with extreme caution (please review our “Exploring Managed Forest Lands" section). After crossing the Athabasca River Bridge you will be on the Willow Road (also called the "W" road). Follow the "W" road for approximately 4 kilometres (kilometre signs are posted on the side of the road), until an intersection on the right side of the road is reached at the "W9" km sign. This is the Emerson Creek Road (also known as the "A" road). Turn right here and travel for approximately 44 kilometres (the "A" 53 kilometre road sign) and then look for signs indicating the turnoff (on the right) to campground.


In the summer time, this road can be driven in a 2-wheel drive vehicle. Fee: There is a $15/night fee per unit (a unit is a tent or a R.V.) Firewood: FRMA provides firewood free of charge.


This campground is maintained by FRMA. This has been sub-contracted to Fox Creek Development Association, an aboriginal owned company located in Hinton, with a long working relationship with Hinton Wood Products.


Reservations are available for this campground. Reservations can be made by phoning the campground maintenance contractor "Fox Creek Development Association". They can be reached at 780-865-2154 (between 8 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday), or by e-mail at [email protected]. There is a reservation fee of $6/night and reservations must be made 3 days in advance (e.g. by Wednesday for a Friday night reservation). Unreserved sites will be on a first come, first served basis.


For Information:  E-mail: [email protected]