Open Creek Dam Spring, Rimbey, Alberta, Canada

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Highway 53
Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0
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Description

This spring is publicly known but not widely used. It is covered by a cistern and flows out via metal pipe.

Nearest Address

Approximately 15km west of Rimbey, AB.

Directions from Nearest Address

Drive west out of Rimbey, AB on highway 53. A sign for Open Creek Dam campground will be seen about 15-20km out of Rimbey. Turn left at the sign and follow the signs for ‘spring’.

Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

24/7/365

GPS: N/A

Map Link: Open Creek Dam Spring Map

Submitted by: Hannah

+Spring Post Info

Posted: August 14, 2010

Category: Alberta, Canada, North America, View All

+Comments
  1. guest says:

    The directions say west of Rimby but the pin on the map is east of Rimby. I drove down range road 22 (as it says on the map) but there are no signs and I saw no spring. Can you move the pin or give better directions? Thanks!! 🙂

  2. guest says:

    The pin is definitely in the wrong place. Looking at Google Maps using the Satellite feature, shows that RR 22 is actually in the middle of a field. The “Open Creek Dam” address is actually a PO Box, not the location of the Campground. It would be best to follow the directions as stated, paying no attention the pin on the map. If you look at Google Maps Satellite of the area, its safe to assume the dam would be near the river. The campground (unlisted) would possibly also be near the river.

  3. guest says:

    The pin is definitely in the wrong place. Looking at Google Maps using the Satellite feature, shows that RR 22 is actually in the middle of a field. The “Open Creek Dam” address is actually a PO Box, not the location of the Campground. It would be best to follow the directions as stated, paying no attention the pin on the map. If you look at Google Maps Satellite of the area, its safe to assume the dam would be near the river. The campground (unlisted) would possibly also be near the river.

  4. Neda_h says:

    How can we test the water or find out the pH?????

  5. guest says:

    When my grandparents lived in Rimbey they used to go out there all the time to get their water. They used for everyday drinking and making beer and wine. It made great coffee too.

  6. Mhsparkey says:

    the spring water at open creek comes out of the earth cold and clean, checking for ph in this water would be like checking Jesus for freckles.l

  7. L.G. says:

    will definitely hunt this one down – what a well kept secret

  8. guest says:

    Drive west 32 km from Rimbey on highway 53. Turn left after you see a blue sign for Open Creek Dam Campground. Take a left at the first intersection and look for the cistern. This water flows fairly quickly and is very cold! I recommend bringing smaller jugs and a funnel to assist in filling up larger carboys as it is difficult to fill up large jugs at the mouth of this spring.  Always draw water from the flow, and not the pool. 

  9. cranner says:

    I was out on Dec 16/12 with my new TDS meter and had the water temp at 4.7 and the TDS: 279. Outside temp was -13

  10. Jens Pederson says:

    i’ve been drinking home this spring for months now and its truly amazing ! what a awesome place .

  11. Tonia says:

    Unfortunately, I followed google map and ended up in a field of farms. I should have consulted the comments before I left. Since I’m not quitter, I’ll be going again today. DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAP!

  12. Tonia says:

    I did find the fresh spring today and I took pictures. It is just inside the gates of the Open Creek Campground park off to the left. The first time I didn’t drive far enough to see the sign. Thanks everyone for the directions. It is truly a great find.

  13. Jeremy says:

    This spring should be tested thoroughly! The last time that I made the trip from Edmonton was late in the evening after the sun had gone down. We witnessed an absurd amount of fracking operations that were already in place or else being set up. I believe this will have a a very unfavorable effect on the water from what I have learned on the subject. Very sad that clean water has become such a scarce commodity.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi, Jeremey. The information you have learned on the subject is false and fueled by ill-informed environmental activists. Fracturing in the Rimbey area happens in the duvernay formation which begins at 1,700 meters below the surface and reaches 5,000 meters in total depth. The water table is at 40 meters. There is absolutely no way that this water will be contaminated by hydraulic fracturing treatments. After the drilling process and before any pressurized chemical treatments. The well is isolated from the surrounding rock and water formations with an extremely dense and strong cement casing and then inside that casing a steel production casing is inserted into the well to create yet another barrier from the outer walls to prevent the oil companies oil or gas from becoming contaminated with silt, rock, water, etc. The oil companies would have to spend millions of dollars to separate all this contamination from their oil or gas on the surface with specialized equipment, so they do immense amounts of preparation to prevent the hassel and expense. Only in extremely shallow coal bed methane fracs <300 meters (Which aren't even performed in Alberta anymore) is there a potential risk for ground water contamination when fracturing.

  14. dan says:

    Has anyone been drinking this water lately?

  15. Deb Macleod says:

    Just got back…filled 24 wine bottles and drank one on the way home. Beats dead bottled water!

  16. Karissa says:

    We just returned from the Spring. While the gas/oil industry is in the area, there was nothing immediately around the spring itself. The spring is located inside a campground maintained by a fish and wildlife society. The water appears just as any of the other springs I have been too. If anyone does end up testing it in doubt, I am hoping they post it here.

  17. Kimberly says:

    My family and I journeyed out to this spring today from Sylvan Lake. Water tastes amazing!

  18. Steve says:

    I was informed about this Spring by an online source and will be heading there this weekend to check it out. Will this water be safe for my young children to drink? Has anyone been to the Spring lately?

  19. Angel Peterson says:

    Such a great spring. Since finding it, it’s the only water we drink at home. We take a trip there every two week to fill up 8 big water jugs.

  20. Guest says:

    Went to the spring today. From Rimby you go west on 53 for 30-33km. There are a couple big curves in the hyw, and then you go into a small dip or valley. There is a blue hyway sign that says Open Creek Dam. Go left, then left again at the split a few meters in. Round about driveway, and the culvert style spring is fairly noticeable. The spout is down low, so you have to submerge larger containers into the water below to fill completely. Bring rubber boots and a towel if you have any concerns about being wet, or having a wet outside of the container.

  21. Brittany says:

    Is this spring still alive and well? Are there any springs closer to Spruce View?

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