Q&A with Brice Daly, Manager of Protective Services, Saddle Hills County

Brice Daly

Hilltop Lake Campground is one of Saddle Hills County’s most popular campgrounds. What are some of the amenities you offer?

  • Fire pits
  • Picnic tables
  • Firewood (free)
  • Garbage cans and recycling bins
  • Handicap accessible
  • Parking lot
  • More fire pits and tables in day-use area
  • Picnic shelter in day-use area
  • Water pump (for non-potable use)
  • ATV trails

This year people will need to pay to camp at Hilltop. How much?
$25/night per camping unit, plus a $5 transaction online reservation fee. GST is extra.

Starting Monday, June 21, the campground will be moving to an online reservation process. Can you explain how that will work?
Starting Thursday, June 10, campers will need to access the reservation portal at campreservations.ca in order to reserve and pay for their desired site.

Can people cancel their reservation and is there a charge?
If cancelled at least 24 hours before their reservation date, campers will receive a full refund, less the initial (non-refundable) $5 transaction fee.

What prompted the County to start taking reservations.
With camping becoming a more popular summer activity every year, it’s becoming harder to secure camping sites for weekend outings. Without camping fees, some campground users are leaving their RV/trailer on the same site for multiple days or weeks at a time without maintaining a personal presence there. This is unfair to other potential campers who would like an opportunity to camp there. Moving to a paid, reservation-based campground will allow for fair access to campsites, assist with operational costs and help justify potential future improvements.

This is the same procedure you use at Spring Lake Campground. How has that worked out?
Yes, this is the same online reservation portal in place for the County’s other two campgrounds (Spring Lake and Cotillion Park). This is our second year of using the system. Overall, we’ve received positive feedback.

Do you have limits to the size of camping vehicles which can fit in the campsites?
The 10 sites at Hilltop Lake can accommodate most RV units, but some sites are more limited in size than others.

Are there different sized campsites?
Yes, the 10 sites at Hilltop Lake range from 49ft to 105ft in length.

Can people bring tents to Hilltop?
The sites at Hilltop Lake are available for use with motorhomes, campers, travel trailers, 5th wheel trailers, tent trailers, camper-vans and, yes, tents.

Are COVID-19 restrictions in place at County campsites?
COVID-19 restrictions at the County’s campsites are those which the province has in place at any given time.

What kinds of watercraft are allowed in the lake?
There is no vehicular boat launch ramp, but small lightweight boats, rafts, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, sailboards, etc. are permitted on the lake. Gasoline powered motors and PWC (personal watercraft) are not permitted.

Contact:

  • Campsite: Hilltop Lake Campground
  • Location: Woking (60km northwest of Grande Prairie on Highway 724)
  • Phone: 1-888-864-3760
  • E-mail: bdaly@saddlehills.ab.ca