March 6 is the start date for individuals wishing to get their pick of camping spots at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park or Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park for this summer.
Saskatchewan Parks has announced a staggered launch of their on-line camping reservation system, with the Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Reserve-a-Site website taking Southwest reservations starting Wednesday.
“In 2012 there were 60,000 online reservations made, with 13,500 booked on opening day of the reservation service,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty stated in a press release. “This year, to improve the system and to spread out website traffic, we are opening the site with staggered launch dates.”
The first on-line reservations will be made for the North and Northwest Area starting March 4. This region includes: Anglin Lake; Bronson Forest (Peck Lake and Little Fishing Lake); Candle Lake (Sandy Bay and Minowukaw); Chitek Lake; Emma Lake; Lac La Ronge; Makwa Lake; Meadow Lake (Greig Lake, Kimball Lake, Murray Doell, Sandy Beach); Narrow Hills and The Battlefords.
The Southwest and West Central Area comes on stream next on March 6, with the on-line site taking reservations for parks including Cypress Hills; Saskatchewan Landing; Pike Lake; Douglas; Danielson and Blackstrap.
The third and final region to launch will be the Southeast and East Central Area on March 8, with reservations available at Buffalo Pound; Crooked Lake; Duck Mountain; Echo Valley; Good Spirit Lake; Greenwater Lake; Moose Mountain and Rowan’s Ravine.
The Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Reserve-a-Site service allows campers to book a campsite and pre-purchase their park entry permit. Campers can use the online site to view campsites, maps and availability, reserve a site and manage their bookings.
To prepare for the Reserve-a-Site launch, campers should take the time now to log on, update their profile and check out the campgrounds that they are planning to book. There may be some changes or updates that they will want to know about in advance. Campers can choose from 24 provincial parks, with the reservations service opening at 7 a.m. on the launch date for each area. The website can be accessed directly at https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com. Campers can also make a reservation using the mobile site from any smart device, desktop or laptop computer at https://skmobile.goingtocamp.com/ or through the call centre at 1-855-737-7275.
Additional information on Saskatchewan Parks is available by visiting www.saskparks.net.