CRAWLING VALLEY CAMPGROUND

Crawling Valley Campground started in 1983 when a few visionary members of the Bassano Community created the Crawling Valley Recreation Society and with a provincial grant for Recreation in the Province, created the original Crawling Valley Campground. None of this could have happened without the support of the County of Newell No.4 (who leased the land from the EID) and the Eastern Irrigation District stake holders and the countless volunteers. These volunteers, built campsites, fire pits, tables, planted trees, etc.

In recent years the Crawling Valley Recreation Society have added a playground, shower building and shop to the existing office that was built when the campground was opened. 26 years ago.

The proceeds from the Crawling Valley Ice Fishing Derby, which is run by volunteers, go to projects in the campground. Last year a new fish cleaning building was built with the funds, this was opened for the fisherman this year (2011).

In the last 3 years the Eastern Irrigation District has instilled hundreds of thousands of dollars into a fabulous Marina and the renovation of 2 sections of the campground, adding power, underground sprinklers & trees for shelter belts. This spring a beach was added to the campground.

Today the Crawling Valley Recreation Society board continue to work on your behalf to make Crawling Valley Campground the very best camping and fishing destination in South Eastern Alberta.


Crawling Valley 2014 Fishing Derby Thank You



The orgainzers of the 12th Annual Crawling Valley Ice Fishing Derby would like to thank the Lassiter Brothers & Triple XXX Red Angus for their continued sponsorship of the Junior Event & the Bassano Snowpunchers for stepping up to the plate & helping with the measuring stations. A big thank you goes out to Fish & Wildlife, Brooks Branch for the Report a Poacher floating Keychains, Pencils & the Fishing Rods for the Junior participants.

We would also like to thank all our Prize donors as follows: Agcom Petroleum, Bassano Automotive & Gibeau Repair, Bassano Building Centre, Bassano & District Chamber of Commerce, Bassano Pharmacy, Chinook Credit Union Bassano Branch, Crawling Valley Recreation Society, Creaky Floor Hardware Store, Desert Sales Inc., Evergreen Equipment Ltd., Imperial Hunter Hotel, New West Milling, Mike & Tracy Anderson of One Cow Ranch, R&R Comfort Inn, The Fishin’ Hole, & The Hair Factory. Finally we would like to thank Dennis Wallace of Bassano Vac Services for the use of his lavatory service.

12th ANNUAL CRAWLING VALLEY ICE FISHING DERBY


The 12th Annual Crawling Valley Ice Fishing Derby was a week earlier this year and like the last part of February and the 1st part of March it was very cold in the mornings and there was a light breeze through the day keeping the ice fishers huddling up to their heaters in their shacks or in their vehicles watching the tip-ups in warmth. There were 184 adult fishermen & 20 junior. With the help of the Bassano Snowpunchers we had two measuring stations where we once again measured the fish instead of weighed. The winning fish was the biggest Pike that we have seen in the Derby in many years.

Once again we would like to thank our Sponsor of the Junior Event, Lassiter Brothers & Triple XXX Red Angus, as well as the 13 other prize sponsors. Without them we could not offer the draws that we have at the end of the event. We would also like to thank the Bassano Snowpunchers for manning the two measuring stations, it was great to have all your help.

1st Place Pike measured 93cm brought in by Steve Free of Calgary, earning him a cheque for $1,618.75.
2nd Place Pike measured 78.5cm brought in by Bruce Hillen of Calgary, for a prize of $971.25.
3rd Place Pike measured 72cm brought in by Terry Smith of Strathmore, for a prize of $647.50.
Ling Cod (Burbot) measured 79cm brought in by Dustin Beebe of Medicine Hat, for the $150.00 prize.

The Junior Event winners are as follows:

1st Place Pike measured 72cm brought in by Ryker Sweigers of Medicine Hat, for $125.00.
2nd Place Pike measured 69cm brought in by Cameron Grywacheski of Sparwood, BC for $75.00.
3rd Place Pike measured 63.5cm brought in by Seth Moss of Calgary, for $50.00.
50/50 Draw was won by Jack Lasalle of Okotoks for $1,025.50.

Draw Prizes were drawn at the end of the Derby as such:

Crawling Valley Recreation Society - Eskimo 10” Ice Auger – won by Terry Smith of Strathmore,AB.
Evergreen Equipment Ltd. – JD/Weber Portable BBQ & Stand – Chuck Getz of Rosemary, AB.
Bassano Automotive & Gibeau Repair - Makita Angle Grinder – Jeff Anderson of Medicine Hat, AB.
Bassano Pharmacy – $50.00 – Chris Crawford of Calgary, AB.
Bassano Pharmacy $50.00 – Serina Paul of Sparwood, BC.
Agcom Petroleum Brooks & Bassano– Case of Duron-E 10W-40 Motor Oil – Ryan Landels of Lethbridge, AB.
The Fishin’ Hole – Plano Soft Side Tackle Bag – Austin Toly of Bassano, AB.
The Fishin’ Hole – Crappie Soft Side Tackle Bag – Cole Toly of Bassano, AB.
Bassano Building Centre – King 3/8’s Electric Drill – Glenn Spate of Calgary, AB.
Creaky Floor Hardware Store – HT Wood Tip-up, Quick Strike Rig & Fishing Line – Sheldon Spaan of Medicine Hat, AB.
Desert Sales Inc. – Extreme Tech Men’s Jacket – Stephen Brennan of Bassano, AB.
The Fishin’ Hole – Pike Up North Jig Kit & Hat – Lukasz Kusza of Calgary, AB.
The Fishin’ Hole – Walleye Up North Jig Kit & Hat – Doug Parley of Calgary, AB.
Imperial Hunter Hotel – Steak Pit Meal for 2 – Stephanie Stokes of Bassano, AB.
Imperial Hunter Hotel – Steak Dinner for 2 – Shamus Pointmeier of Calgary, AB.
New West Milling – $40.00 Dale Bain of Calgary, AB.
Chinook Credit Union Bassano Branch – Stadium Cushion Pack – Darryl Fulton of Calgary, AB.
Chinook Credit Union Bassano Branch – Stadium Cushion Pack – Barry Lassiter of Calgary, AB.
Chinook Credit Union Bassano Branch – Stadium Cushion Pack – Dale Robertson of Calgary, AB.
Chinook Credit Union Bassano Branch – Stadium Cushion Pack – Troy Moss of Calgary, AB.
Chinook Credit Union Bassano Branch – Extreme Ladies Jacket & Tougue – Devon Rodgers of Calgary, AB.
R&R Comfort Inn – No Spill Mug – Gary Evans of Bassano , AB.
R&R Comfort Inn – Cassandra Swiegers of Medicine Hat, AB.
Thanks again to Fish & Wildlife of Brooks every Junior fishermen received a Report a Poacher floating Keychain, Pencil & a Fishing Rod.

Junior Draw prizes were as follows:

Bassano & District Chamber of Commerce – Plano Soft Side Tackle Bag & Gear – Cameron Grywacheski of Sparwood, BC.
Rose Pask of The Hair Factory – Ice Eagle Ice Fishing Kit – Annika Roen of Bassano, AB.
Mike & Tracy Anderson of One Cow Ranch – Tip-up & Jig Pack – won by Jack Lasalle Jr. of Okotoks, AB and Adler Ames of Bassano, AB.
The Fishin’ Hole – Jim Jigs Jig Boxes – Ryker Swiegers of Medcine Hat, AB and Seth Moss of Calgary, AB.

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