You won’t find any wild tigers at these campgrounds, but you may find a few bears when you go camping at Lions Club campgrounds. These volunteer-operated getaways help support the international service club’s goals to create healthier, happier communities on every continent. The best part for you is, non-members can use the campgrounds too. Here’s why you should look for them whenever you go RVing.
The Story Behind the Lions Club Campgrounds
Maybe you noticed their little white eyeglass donation boxes propped in the corner of nearly every post-office in the United States and Canada. Perhaps you placed your old frames inside so that the Lions Club International chapter in your neighborhood could send them out for refurbishing. If you did that, your old eye glasses got spruced up and shipped out. The recipient was a low income person who received the gift of sight, possibly for the first time ever. This eye glass recycling tradition dates back to 1925, when Hellen Keller inspired club members to advocate for vision-impaired people around the world.
But if you’re not familiar with the other projects the Lions Club takes on, you should be. Vision advocacy is just one small segment of their mission. Each day around the world, over 1.4 million club members volunteer their talents and time for community improvement campaigns. These projects include ending hunger, creating diabetes awareness programs, protecting and restoring the environment and helping children with cancer live happier lives. Despite declining numbers of service club participants around the world, the Lions continue doing important volunteer projects that improve our communities.
Visiting Lions Club Campgrounds is Money Well Spent
Tucked neatly within the LCI’s important causes are the club’s dozens of campgrounds located in North America. Many are run entirely by volunteer labor and club members. Most are in Canada. The United States has a smaller selection. The club’s campgrounds range from boondocking retreats with no hookups, to full-service, five-star RV resorts with all the amenities of a privately-owned business. You’ll often enjoy below-average campground rates and gorgeous scenery in off-the-beaten-path destinations.
An internet search reveals no one-stop-shop directory of Lions Club International campgrounds in North America. However, don’t let that stop you from trying to find one in your travels — especially if you’re visiting Canada in summer. Below you’ll find the longest list of Lions Club International Campgrounds on the Internet.
Directory of Lions Club Campgrounds in North America
Athabasca Lions Club RV Park – Athabasca, Alberta
Foothills Lions Centennial Park – Black Diamond, Alberta
Devon Lions Campground – Devon, Alberta
Edson Lions Park Campground – Edson, Alberta
Fort Lions Campground – Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Kelvington Lions Park – Kelvington, Alberta
Lions Campground & RV Park – Leduc, Alberta
Okotoks Lions Sheep River Campground – Okotoks, Alberta
O.R. Hedges (Lions) Campground – Olds, Alberta
Peace River Lions Campsite – Peace River, Alberta
Lions Campground – Red Deer, Alberta
Stettler Lions Campground – Settler, Alberta
Stony Plain Lions Club – Stony Plain, Alberta
Vauxhall Lions Campground – Vauxhall, Alberta
Wabasca Lions Club Campground – Wabasca / Desmarais, Alberta
Wetaskiwin Lions RV Campground – Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Whitecourt Lions Campground – Whitecourt, Alberta
Chase Lions RV Park – Chase, British Columbia
Dease Lake Lions Tanzilla River Campground – Dease Lake, British Columbia
Lumby Lions Campground – Lumby, British Columbia
District Of Tumbler Ridge Lions Flat Bed Creek Campground – Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia
Boissevain Lions Campground Manitoba – Boissevain, Manitoba
Lions Riverbend Campground – Neepawa, Manitoba
MacGregor Lions RV Park – MacGregor, Manitoba
Sandy Lake Lions Club Campground – Sandy Lake, Manitoba
Virden Lions Club Campground – Virden, Manitoba
Lions Club Park – Merickville, Ontario
Carlyle Lions Campground – Carlyle, Saskatchewan
Lions Club Campground and Recreation Site – Glenavon, Saskatchewan
Lanigan Lions Campground – Lanigan, Saskatchewan
Meadow Lake Lions Park – Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
Maryfield Lions Club Campground – Maryfield, Saskatchewan
United States Lions Club Campgrounds include:
Fraser Valley Lions Club Campgrounds – Winter Park, Colorado
Lions Club RV Park – Milford, Utah
Bowman Lions Club Campground – Bowman, North Dakota
Carrington Lions RV Park – Carrington, North Dakota
Lions Club Park – Vermillion, South Dakota
Lions Club – Rosalia, Washington
We all want our hard-earned vacation money to be wisely spent. A stay at a Lions Club International is guaranteed to make anyone feel good about paying for a campsite.
Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.
Does one have to be a member of the Lions to use the campgrounds?
Peter & Judy Sauer says
do we have to be members to use the campground?
Rene Agredano - The Full Timing Nomad says
Oh I should have said that, thanks for the input! No you don’t need to be a member. I will update accordingly.
Are there any more Lions Club campsites in the US besides the ones listed?? I have stayed in one @ Dease Lake on my way to Alaska!!
Thanks for this article 🙂
There’s a Lions Club RV park in Newfoundland, that we’ve stayed at. It is beautiful and right on the ocean.
Oceanside RV Park, Port au Choix, Newfoundland,
Fisher St, Port au Choix, NL A0K 4C0
This park is owned and operated by the local Lions Club. It is cash only. Wifi was very good
Lion Zella Gardiner says
Thanks for this article about the small communities which the Lions Club serve by building and maintaining campgrounds.
I would like to add our local campground to your list.
Millet Lions Memorial Campground, Millet, Alberta, Canada.
Contact phone 780-387-4620.
Mike throne Allen Throne says
I live in monterey ca i dont drive anybody who does what types of volunteer u have
Unrelated to the article, but we stayed a few nights in Monterey in September a few years back. No matter where we were in town it smelled like we were a block downwind from a sewage treatment center. Does it always smell like that?