Big Manitou

Park Info

May 1 - Sept 15
Park Entry:
$5 per vehicle per day or Regional Park Season Sticker
Payment Information:
Cash, Cheque, Interac, Visa and MasterCard and e-transers accepted.
52.79771 -109.78466
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Park Description

Big Manitou Regional Park is a very quiet park in a natural prairie valley setting. It has all the comforts of the big parks with fewer people. We are an alkaline lake which is perfect for kayaking, swimming, sail boating and boating of all kinds.We also have a beach area with a change house and bathroom. We have a nine-hole grass green golf course,with golf cart rental, horseshoe pits and ball diamonds, and a playground for those that want some activity. For anyone who enjoys bird watching this is the perfect setting.

Local Services

In the nearby village of Marsden on Highway 40 there is a hotel, cafe and convenience/liquor store as well as a library and Simple farmer ( antiques and many more items). There are groceries and a medical centre,butcher shop,and fuel in the village of Neilburg, 12km east on highway 40.

Park/Area History

For the past 100 years this lake and park was used as a community park. In 2019 we were given full park status and are now called Big Manitou Regional Park.

Local Attractions

There is Neilburg Museum, Village Green thrift Shop, Simple Farmer.Manitou lake is a very large alkali lake that is great for boating. There are no fish. The south half of the lake is surrounded by the Manitou Sandhills. These hills are 100 sq. Km of grazing reserve, that is great for hiking or exploring. If you enjoy seeing wildlife this is the area to be in.

Driving Directions

1 km east of Marsden on highway 40, follow signs 6km south turn left 1km then south into park. There are signs marking the route.


Absolutely NO ATV’s , quads or dirt bikes allowed.

 Camping Fees

(prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
30/15 Amp Daily $30.00
30/15 Amp Weekly $180.00
Non Powered Daily $20.00
Non Powered Weekly $120.00
Kitchen Rental Daily $100.00

 Golfing Fees

(prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
9 Holes Per Round $20.00
Tracking Fee Per Year $50.00
Cart Rental Per Round $20.00


  • Ball Diamonds
  • Camp Kitchen / Picnic Shelter
  • Camping Seasonal
  • Golf Course Club House (No Food Service)
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Beach Area
  • Camping (Electricity and Water)
  • Fire Wood
  • Group Camping with Hall and/or Kitchen
  • Museum and/or Historical Site
  • Quiet Time Enforced
  • Swimming Area
  • Boat Launch
  • Camping (Non-Electrical)
  • Golf Course 9 Hole Grass Greens
  • Hall and/or Shelter Rental
  • Picnic Tables
  • Sewer Dump Station
  • Washrooms (Modern / Running Water)


We have 35 campsites. Of these 20 are 30 amp, and 15 are non powered.Our powered sites are located in the tree area located close to our kitchen /hall and playground. The non-powered sites are spread throughout a forested area for maximum privacy, with a toilet and water available. We have washrooms with showers, an outdoor kitchen and a very comfortable indoor kitchen/ hall that can be rented for family activities. We also offer group camping in both electric and non electric areas. We also provide an RV dump station.Wood can also be purchased at the park.

Group Camping

We have a large open area with water and portable toilets for group camping. Non powered sites surround a large open area.


We have an established 9-hole grass greens course. Fees are currently $20 per round with a $20 cart and single memberships are available.


We have an unsupervised sandy beach, with picnic tables and small play area.  There is a change house and toilet available.

Playground/Recreational Activities

We have a small playground in the day use area. We also have a pair of horse shoe pits and three grass ball diamonds one large sand diamond.


Because of fluctuating water levels boats are Launched from beach area.

Hiking/Nature Trails

 We have no groomed trails but there are road trails through the bush that are very walkable.