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    Default Best swimming lake for kids.

    Have enjoyed moyie lake, arrow lake, crimson lake and lots of others.

    What's your favourite swimming lake for kids within about 1 days drive drive Cowtown? Reviews of nearby camping also appreciated.
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    Little Bow (Travers) comes to mind

    But I have read enough of your camping thread to know you know of it.

    A friend of mine has a place at Gull, but it’s cold and weedy.
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    buffalo lake, it's not really a swimming lake because it's shallow for hundreds of meters, more of a play in the water lake, we normally stay at ol' macdonalds resort, nice beach there (although VERY busy on nice days)... rachon sands is a PP right close, never been there though, hear the beach isnt as nice because it's a PP so limited funding.
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    Maybe not a popular opinion, but leaving Alberta would open a lot more possibilities. "Lakes" are in Saskatchewan and BC.
    For the most part, Alberta has lakes*.


    *Giant sloughs

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    Maybe not a popular opinion, but leaving Alberta would open a lot more possibilities. "Lakes" are in Saskatchewan and BC.
    For the most part, Alberta has lakes*.


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    how big does a lake need to be for swimming or playing within 50 feet of shore... nobody (especially kids) actually swims lakes.
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    I think the biggest issue is finding a lake that isn’t glacial cold. But maybe I’m a sap about that.
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    how big does a lake need to be for swimming or playing within 50 feet of shore... nobody (especially kids) actually swims lakes.
    No, it's not about the size. It's about water quality, beach, drop-off and weeds.
    The lakes in the adjacent provinces are better.

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    Maybe not a popular opinion, but leaving Alberta would open a lot more possibilities. "Lakes" are in Saskatchewan and BC.
    For the most part, Alberta has lakes*.


    *Giant sloughs
    Lakes don’t start until 2-2.5 hrs north of here. Hundreds of great fishing and recreation lakes in the upper half of Alberta.

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    I liked swimming in Wabamun as a kid but a lot of people don't like it. Classic Alberta lake.

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    Lakes don’t start until 2-2.5 hrs north of here. Hundreds of great fishing and recreation lakes in the upper half of Alberta.
    we go to lesser slave lake (nw side, hilliard's bay) (typically) once a year, the kids go in the water there, but not me, i prefer my nuggets on the outside of my body, even in august it's too damn cold.
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    I think the biggest issue is finding a lake that isn’t glacial cold. But maybe I’m a sap about that.
    Pretty much have to go to BC for warmer waters.
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    Wasa is great in June-ish. Did a triathlon there a few years ago and lake and campground next door was great

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    Have driven through wasa campground. Heard good things. Moyie just down the road is good.
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    Kikomun Creek prov park in BC is great (must go for a few days at least to make it worthwhile, it's basically between Fernie and Cranbrook). Has a great little lake (Surveyor's lake) in the campground for swimming in, no boats on it. There's also a second smaller lake in the campground that's not really swimmer friendly, but good to find turtles and go for a hike around as well. Also can access Koocanusa from within the park if you are the kokanee-fishing, boating type.

    I forget when booking opens there, but we used to go there annually and my dad would have to book our 2 week block like the minute booking opened for the year because it books up for the season very quickly. The campground itself has huge sites, spaced far apart, and very well maintained bathrooms/showers, etc. Sites have power but not sewer IIRC. Not to be confused with the 'overflow' camping in the same park, which is basically a parking lot in comparison. There's a diner/ice cream shop/general store about a 3 min drive outside the campground; it's at a marina on Koocanusa and has a little beach. Disclaimer: I haven't been there in over a decade. I would be surprised if it's much different thouhg, as it didn't change for the decade prior.
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    Have driven through wasa campground. Heard good things. Moyie just down the road is good.
    Wasa is probably 1/10th the depth of Moyie so Is actually warm. I remember moyie being painful as a kid

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    Blanket Creek Provincial Park just south of Revelstoke is good for swimming. There's a manmade lagoon that's fed from the creek with a nice Sandy beach. Enough flow through it that the water stays clean. Water warms up a little. Arrow lake right there for boating.
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    Have you tried Sikome Lake?

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    I know it goes against the rules, but shuswap, kalamalka, skaha, okanagan, mara, are the best swiming lakes. Just requires a longer drive
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    Wasa is nice, but its always busy and lots of douches out there on their boats. Same for Moyie.

    I'm trying to plan some vacations around here with flights still being a mess, gonna definitely check out Blanket Creek - Looks like a nice spot.
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    McDonald Creek is a little further south on Arrow Lake. No separate swimming lagoon, but a decent beach on arrow lake. Cold lake, but when it's +30c, who cares? Hard to get reservations though, books up immediately.
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