Rimbey Fish & Game Association
Welcome to Open Creek Dam Campground!
Welcome to Open Creek Dam Campground!
Open: May 1st - September 30
Reservations: Bookings are currently open for the 2023 season!
Call (403)843-6931 to make and cancel reservations. If no one answers, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Email or Facebook is not accepted for reservations and/or cancellations as it is not monitored by our caretakers, who handle all the campground bookings.
2023 Camping Fees: $30 per night per unit
Seniors Rate: Monday-Wednesday $25; Thursday-Sunday $30
RFGA Member Rate: $25 per night
Wondering about fire bans? Please view this website to get the most up to date information: https://www.albertafirebans.ca/
Directions: Open Creek Dam Campground is located 32 km West of Rimbey along Hwy. 53.
Deposit and Payment: New for 2023, we will be requiring a non-refundable $30 deposit that will go towards your first night of camping. For campground fees, we prefer payment via credit card or debit card. A cancellation notice of 72 hours is requested to ensure we can provide the spot to another camper.
Gates: The gates to enter are open at 7am and are locked at 11pm each day.
Camping Units: 54 of all size sites, tent only sites, as well as several group sites (NO hookups).
Open Creek Dam Campground offers the following: Site Amenities for Basic Camping/No Hookups, Group Campsites, Day-Use Areas, Caretaker on-site, locked entry gate at night, Clean Bathrooms, Picnic Shelter with stove, Water-Pump with fresh cold spring water, Wheelchair Access, Boat Launches, Canoeing, Kayaking, Boats with electric motors allowed, Horseshoe pits, Playgrounds, Fire pits, Firewood (for purchase), Picnic Tables, Sani-Dump, Hiking Trails and lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Boating: NO Gas Motors allowed.
Horses and Off Highway Vehicles: There are NO horses or off highway vehicles allowed on the premises of Open Creek Dam Campground.
Fishing, Whirling Disease and Open Creek Dam
Officially as of May 2020 we have stocked 6000 trout! This is very exciting for Open Creek Dam as we were unable to stock for the last three years due to the below reason.
We received the great news in November of 2019 that Open Creek Dam water body did not have Whirling Disease and were given the go ahead to stock for the 2020 season.
Background Information: Unfortunately Open Creek Reservoir had appeared to been infected with Whirling disease three years ago when we received our annual supply of rainbow trout for stocking. This happened to a number of ponds in Alberta, the supplier brought in infected trout.Their trout were distributed to several hundred locations and as a result of this, the Alberta Government had set up a Whirling disease committee to figure out what should be done. Their plan involves many aspects and to see their full plan, you can visit https://www.alberta.ca/whirling-disease.aspx. This site includes a fair bit of information and links to other sites such as a map of where the disease has been suspected/found in Alberta. A very good Youtube video with more information is also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-1UFcQu20Y.
There were no trout left in the pond due to the complete winter kill of 2017/18 and no stocking permitted in 2019. There may be a few suckers and perch but definitely no trout in the pond. They initiated a project to work with the Rimbey Fish and Game where they placed approximately 500 small trout in cages in several locations around the lake. These fish were examined after being removed in August by the Provincial biologists in which we now have received the test results back and discovered we do not have Whirling Disease in our water body.
We thank you for your patience well we worked through this, and hope that
you enjoyed a beautiful 2022 summer at Open Creek Campground.