Big River

Park Info

Mid May - Fall, Pending Weather
Park Entry:
$7.00 per day or Seasonal Park Pass
Payment Information:
Visa, MasterCard, Interac, Cash and Cheque accepted. Subject to change without notice
53.83786 -107.02395
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Park Description

Big River Regional Park is composed of two campgrounds.

Cowan Lake Campground, located at the end of Main Street in Big River offers picturesque views of the lake and wide-open spaces to accommodate any size of camper. This campground has modern services, camp kitchen and a fish filleting building. We also have a playground for the children. You can fish off the town dock or use the boat launch free of charge.

The Community Center campground is on the north side in the town of Big River and has modern services with full serviced sites and non-serviced sites. There are also coin operated showers, laundry facilities, ball diamonds, horseshoe pits and playground. The large sites with mature trees bring a little of the quiet serenity to camping in town.

Local Services

The Town of Big River offers restaurants/lounge, garage/gas stations/convenience stores, grocery and liquor stores, pharmacy, banks, beauty salons, golf course, also a library located in our Community Hall, all within five blocks of the Community Centre Campground. Also available in Big River is our Health Center, Ambulance and RCMP.

Park / Area History

Started as a mill town, Big River was originally owned by a lumber company. The Big River Regional park was opened in 1978 by a group of dedicated individuals with land leased from the town and the rural municipality of Big River. The site was the old mill yard so there was lots of wood chips. Come check out how it turned out!

Barrier Free Access

We are wheelchair accessible at both Cowan Lake and the Community Centre Campgrounds.


No Fireworks Set Off In The Park! No unattended fires (Town Bylaws), max speed Limit 15 km/h. You must be 18 years of age to camp in this park unless accompanied by an adult.  Pets must be leashed and their waste picked up.  No breaking branches or climbing the trees.

ATV’S – can be driven out of the park in designated sites.  If you are not in a designated site,  ATV’s must be hauled in and out of the park. No ATV’s are to be driven in or out of Cowan Lake Campground

Big River Regional Park Bylaws

Camping Fees

(Taxes included in prices, prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
30 Amp Full Service Daily $35.00
30 Amp Full Service Weekly $240.00
30 Amp Full Service Monthly $770.00
30 Amp Full Service Community Centre Campground Seasonally (12) $2200.00
50 Amp Full Service Daily $40.00
50 Amp Full Service Weekly $245.00
50 Amp Full Service Monthly $840.00
Non-Serviced – Cowan Lake and Community Centre Campgrounds Daily $22.00
Non-Serviced – Cowan Lake and Community Centre Campgrounds Weekly $140.00
Non-Serviced – Cowan Lake and Community Centre Campgrounds Monthly $420.00

Rentals/Other Fees

(prices subject to change without notice)

Description Unit Amount
Firewood – Cowan and Community Centre Campground Free to Registered Campers
Washer/Dryer (each) – Located at Community Centre Campground Per Load $2.00
Showers – Located at Community Centre Campground Per Shower $2.00



  • Camp Kitchen / Picnic Shelter
  • Camping (Electricity, Water, Sewer)
  • Fire Wood
  • Group Camping (Electric, Water, Sewer)
  • Group Camping with Hall and/or Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Potable Water
  • Showers
  • Camping (Electrical Sites)
  • Camping (Non-Electrical)
  • Fish Filleting
  • Group Camping (Electrical Sites)
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Picnic Tables
  • Quiet Time Enforced
  • Washrooms (Modern / Running Water)
  • Camping (Electricity and Water)
  • Camping Seasonal
  • Group Camping
  • Group Camping (Non-Electrical Sites)
  • Internet and/or Wifi Service
  • Playground
  • Security
  • Wildlife Viewing


Cowan Lake Campground has (14) 30 amp sites and (2) 50 amp electrical sites as well as non-serviced sites.

The Community Center Campground has (2) 50 amp full service sites, (31) 30 amp full service sites, (4) non-serviced sites and (12) seasonal full serviced sites (Waiting List).

Group Camping

Group camping is available at the Community Centre Campground.  Large “party tent” is available to groups of 20 campers or more.  We will do our best to accommodate having all the campers together, however, this is dependent on the booking timeframe.




Big River Golf course is a nine-hole grass greens golf course and is located across the street from the Community Centre Campground.

Playground/Recreation Activities

The Community Centre Campground has a small playground which consists of a sandbox, 4 seated swing set and horseshoe pits on site.  There is a larger playground at the school across the street, also next to the park we have shale ball diamonds and more horseshoe pits.  Cowan Lake Campground also has a small playground.  Both campgrounds offer easy access to numerous quadding trails in the area.

Boating and Fishing

Cowan Lake holds walleye, northern pike, and perch. You can fish off the town dock at the end of Main Street or use the boat launch at Cowan Lake, free of charge.