Situated between Hinton, Alberta, and the Jasper National Park north gate, these two smaller campgrounds are found in the Wildhorse Lake Provincial Recreation Area. Both have outhouses and firewood, but no other services. Off-road vehicles and motorboats are not permitted, and there was a regular presence of Alberta Parks staff. The campgrounds are 5km off the Yellowhead Highway on a very rough gravel road, expect the 5km to take awhile.
Kinky Lake has 10 sites that are packed closely together in what would be the main parking entrance in front of the lake. When we looked at it there were larger RVs and trailers backed into these spots and it reminded us of sardines in a can or parking stalls at the mall. This would do us for an over-nighter, but not a multi-day stop as there was not enough room to park the boogie van and setup the drive-away before running out of space. It seems to work for trailers and larger RVs.
Wildhorse Lake had much nicer spots, with some being drive-through for larger RVs or trailers, and a few walk-in tent sites. Most of the sites had trees around them for some separation and privacy, and there were green spaces for kids to run amok or families to play. We stayed here three nights and had a spot with trees on three sides. From here you can walk or ride your mountain bike farther up the road into the Brule Lake public land use zone (PLUZ).
Our first night provided us with one of the most unique sunsets we’ve ever seen.
We enjoyed our time at Wildhorse, both in the lake views and the individual site we had. As mentioned, there are no off-road vehicles allowed in the campground, and the one person who chose to ignore this rule was fined by the Parks staff. We appreciated their intervention as it ensured everyone could enjoy their time at the campground as it was intended.