Date of Stay: August, 2008
Duck Mountain Provincial Park is located on the Sask/Man border, and a short drive from the town of Kamsack. If you want to camp in the forest, but still like a hot shower now and again, Duck Mountain is a great choice. We stayed in the tenting area as the RV sites were fully booked. The sites were large, surrounded by 30' birch and pine trees, and you felt like you were nestled into nature. We found a resting site for a pair of deer only 30' from our campsite (complete with deer). The lake was beautiful, clean clear water, great for swimming. The park has extensive paths for hiking, walking and cycling. Really a fantastic place if you enjoy the outdoors! Unfortunately for a park this size, which includes several church camps, many campgrounds, and cottage subdivisions, the store only carried junk food, bread and milk, and an assortment of things like matches and bug spray. And the food prices were outrageous. So buy your groceries in Yorkton or Kamsack on the way to the park.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
There are several campgrounds within Echo Lake Provincial. Park. We stayed in a tenting area up on the top of the valley. The views were incredible! Challenging hiking paths, be prepared for very steep hills. Saskatoon bushes were heavy with fruit all around the campground. The sites do have some shade but are more open. Good for cool breezes, but not so good if you want seclusion. The beach has lawn areas, playground, volleyball, and good sand. Water is a little green, but toughen up and make like a pioneer and make the best of it! A very enjoyable campground, and the town of Fort Qu'Appelle is a short drive away, for supplies, and some interesting shopping and restaurants serving this cottage community.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Douglas Park is located on the south east side of Lake Diefenbaker, and 12 km south of the town of Elbow. It is a well treed campground with paved roadways and generous campsites. Some sites are secluded, and some are grouped together in pairs which is great for family groups. The beach is small but has smooth, clean sand, and clean clear water. There is a small lawn area near the beach which is good for picnicking, or Frisbee. And adjacent to that is a fast food place serving hamburgers and fries, and a small store, and laundromat. If you are looking for a quiet, small, and natural setting, Douglas Provincial Park is an excellent choice.