Updated Aug. 2011

This hidden gem is located 8km East of Tofield on hwy 14 and then 12 km south on range rd. 182. Black Nugget lake is a redeveloped former coal mine that is fed from an under ground spring, it is called a lake but it is not a very big lake. It is known for fantastic bird watching, there are many different species of birds that are rarely seen. The sites at Black Nugget or Dodd’s coal mine as it used to be called are spacious and well treed.

There are 18 unserviced sites, these sites are quite private, 29 power only sites, 6 full service (power, water and sewer) sites,3power group sites. 30 amp power is also available on some sites.Prices range from $19.00 -$30.00/night+GST during the 2011 season. Some sites do have a view of the water, if you are a bird watcher these are the sites to pick. There is an island in the middle of the lake where a lot of the birds nest, quite a site to see. Other amenities at Black Nugget are picnic shelter, playground, horse shoe pits, fishing- canoe or electric motor boats are allowed on the water, loonie showers and flush toilets at the main building and pit toilets are located through out the park, firewood is available for a fee and a sani- dump is available on site. A small concession is available for ice and small snacks and a few non perishable food items. Swimming is not advised because of the high volume of birds around and in the water. Pets are welcome with the regular rules in place, kept on a leash and pick up after them.

We camped at Black Nugget in 2010 and there is a golf course being built across the road on the north side of the park. Coal Creek Golf Resort and RV park will be open for golf this year for tournament play only, it will be open to the public in 2012 with 18 holes, there is even black sand in the #7 sand trap. They will be holding an open house for the public in August. For the avid golfer Black Nugget will be a gem for your next Glamping trip.

 

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26 Comments

  • Elaine says:

    We have camped at Black Nugget almost every year for about 5 years. I am not impressed how the campground is seeming to be neglected in some areas. First, the person who looks after the campground is not very good at getting back to messages, it took me two weeks to get a group site booked and then when I did, it wasnt the one I wanted as the others were just booked. Then when we got there, I noticed the lack of lawn care as some of the areas are not mowed. I would have liked to see some nice flowers or a welcoming sight at the main store/shower/bathroom area…but no. Just plain and boring. Not welcoming at all. We rented a group site with a cookhouse..which has no stove..so it is not a cookhouse I would say. Also there were bee’s nesting in the chimeney and the floor had bird poop on it. The lady manager said that they pressure wash the chimeney out…so why not the floor? Also there was a light bulb burnt out and when asked to get a new one it took the whole day to get and only after we asked the second time. I loved Black Nugget in previous years…rented the group sites many many times…but I will be thinking very hard to see if I want to go back in the future.

    • admin says:

      Hi Elaine,
      Thanks for your comment. The best suggestion I can give you is to send a letter to the county as this site is run by the county. I’m not sure who is running it this year, they do have to put in a bid to run the campground. We go there quite often because it is close to home and now the golf course is open, I would hope it will get cleaned up for the 2012 season. I will be checking it out at least once this season. And I did hear through the grapevine it is fully stocked this year.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

    • Dave says:

      You must be from sherwood park

  • Craig and Lisa Penney says:

    My family has been camping here for five years and love it every time… This is a beautiful place with amazing sight seeing. The lake is always breath taking. we’ve been thinking of getting a small boat to take the kids out as well, i’m sure as soon as we can we will. The bathrooms are always very clean, nice hot showers (only $1 and you only need $1 for a good shower) fire wood is a good price too, you get a lot for your money. Great Staff, always helpful and kind. The little store is perfect, and very well priced, the kids love getting the jumbo freezies that are always stocked up !!!See you this weekend Black Nugget !!! very much a hidden Gem 😉

    The Penney Family

    • admin says:

      Hi Craig and Lisa,
      We love hearing feedback from our readers, thanks for your comments. We are going to try out the golf course( Coal Creek) this weekend and maybe pop in for a little fishing. Have a great weekend and pray for no more rain.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

  • Terry Thwaites says:

    I’m organizing a group of golfers to play at Coal Creek and we’re thinking of bringing RV’s and staying at Black Nugget. Interesting comments. Some of my group have to be swayed. How close of quality of sites,maintenance,amenities,etc is this to a provincial park site? i.e. Miquelon What fish have been stocked in the lake? Anyone stayed in the group site? Is it protected? Wide Open? Would like to hear as much what you don’t like about the place. Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Terry,
      I haven’t had a chance to get out there yet this year so this information is from last years experience. Most sites when you first drive in to Black Nugget are fairly big, we have been there and u can fit 2 units on 1 site, you do have to pay for both units. The sites are well maintained with a gravel drive and grass on the rest of the site. The set up is like a horseshoe, with the inner sites backing onto a greenbelt. There is group sites in the inner section and the outer section group site has trees to the back of the site but closer to the water. The greenbelt has a playground for the kids, lots of room for out door games that you need room to play, a cook house is at the other end from the playground, for use with your own cooking appliances, it is really just a shelter. There are small trees between sites. We were there last year and some people were camped on sites that were pretty much on the road, not private at all and very dusty. It does get very windy at times if you are close to the water, make sure your awnings go in at night, I have had to get up a few times to do that. There are also sites on the other side of the “lake” that are more private and rustic but I wouldn’t recommend any big units over there as some of the sites are pretty muddy when it rains. They stock the lake with trout, the water is not clean for swimming, I don’t let my dog in the water either, there are to many birds that call this home and fish hook that may go unnoticed, although I have seen people swim in it. The office has men’s a women’s bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. There are also pit toilets, have not used these so not sure how clean and maintained they are. There isn’t alot I don’t like about it other than the water and the wind. It is a great little place to camp for 3 or 4 days, I wouldn’t stay much longer than that, once you do some fishing, golfing and have a walk around the lake it is pretty much time to go home, it’s not some where I would camp for 2 weeks. All in all I like it there, I have been going there for quite a few years and have seen 3 different people running the place. some good some not so good. I hope this information is helpful.
      If get out to Black Nugget I would love your feedback.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

      • Terry Thwaites says:

        Thanks for the great info. Your comments explain fully for my group.I can just print off your reply and my info gathering is done. 3 nights was the plan so just enough to say we’ve worn out the welcome. U to a group decision but it has great potential. If this group dosen’t come I can always bring my wife and dogs for a visit. Thanks again.

  • Tex says:

    Im wondering if black nugget has free wifi there.

    • admin says:

      Hi Tex, I don’t think so, you maybe able to get wifi at the store. I have an air card so I didn’t pay attention. You could give them a call to find out for sure, 780-663-2421.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

  • Paris Low-cost Resorts says:

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.

    Your web site offered us with valuable info to
    work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will
    be thankful to you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Stanley,
      Happy to be of service. I wish you well and much success with you new venture.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

  • Maggy says:

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if you have a map of the campground? We booked a site big enough for three trailers and just wondering where abouts it may be in the park. It is site 110. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Maggie,
      I hope I’m not to late in responding. Site 110 is on the other side of the “lake” it’s not really a lake, you are by water on that site. I was at Black Nugget last week but did not get over to the other side. I know they have broght in loads of grave/sand to level all the sites that were a little tough to camp in.If you go to this site there is a link for the map of the park. http://www.beaver.ab.ca/community/accommodations/black-nugget-lake I have camped on that side and it is more private than the power side. Hope you have a great time, I love to hear about your trip.

      Happy Glamping
      Carol

      • Shawn Clarke says:

        Hi Carol! Shawn Clarke here we met yesterday, spoke to our shareholders and I know that Shanda will kill me for this as she wanted to tell you but Welcome to “The Great Outdoors Campground” and we will see you May 1st!!!!!

        • admin says:

          Great!! I am looking forward to it, we will make “The Great Outdoors RV Park” something to talk about!!! Thanks Shawn & Shanda

          Happy Glamping,
          Carol

  • Lesley says:

    Hi !! I would like to find out how to get in touch with Shawn and Shanda to make a reservation for our camper, what’s the best way?
    Thanks!!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Lesley, You can get ahold of Shawn from “The Great Outdoors RV Park” at 780-722-0891,hope to see you out there!! This post is under Black Nugget Lake, “The Great Outdoors Rv Park” is located near Boyle AB.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

  • Ashlyn says:

    Hello, I was just wondering how the swimming is here? And how much room there is on the powerless sites? Looking forward to trying this lake out this summer

    • admin says:

      Hi Ashlyn, Unfortunately, swimming at Black Nugget is not good, it is a bird sanctuary, bird watching is great,fishing good,golfing close by, swimming not so much. The sites without power are various sizes, there are some bigger sites, but I would ask for a bigger site when you book. It’s a fun little place. Hope you have a great time!!Send me a review.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

  • Alesha Rowley says:

    Hi, just wondering if there is a contact number. Wanting to book a group campsite.

    • admin says:

      Hi Alesha, The number for reservations at Black Nugget is 780-663-2421. The group sites with power are quite big. Have a great time!!

      HappyGlamping,
      Carol

  • rob says:

    Hi my group has been camping there for 4 years now, and its definately not the service or hospitality that brings us back. We try to pre-book and We are told every year to call on April 1 at 7am to book. Who ever heard of a campsite that will not take bookings and payment for the next year? Especially for repeat groups! This year we started calling at 6:45am in the hopes of fluking out for our same spot, but then find out that the *%$#@ county starting taking bookings long before and was booked up. WHAT A JOKE!!!! I have heard that is changing, and that there is a really good guy trying to make changes but we will see.It is a crying shame this beautiful campsite is run like such a joke.

    • admin says:

      Hi Rob,
      Thanks for the heads up!! I had the same issue at Carson Pegusus,you can only book 90 days in advance,I showed up there for a first come, first serve site, first thing in the am only to be told the rules had changed since last year and you can now book ahead. Not sure what the rules are this year. Start calling the county in December, maybe that will help. Hope you get the site you want when you want it. I will be posting some new sites this summer, getting ready to head out as we speak.

      Happy Glamping,
      Carol

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