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Lakeside Marina on Lake Diefenbaker

Lakeside Marina on Lake Diefenbaker

Visitors to Saskatchewan often think of it as flat and boring, however surprises wait for those who look a little further! While the Trans-Canada Highway #1 crosses along the end of the Great Plains of North America, there’s lots of opportunity for adventures. In fact, few would expect to see something like Lakeside Marina (above) with its 150 slip marina and many sailboats!

Lake Diefenbaker, like a number of other lakes in Southern Saskatchewan, is a man-made reservoir. It is, however, nearly twice as deep as Manitoba’s well-known natural lake, Lake Winnipeg. Can you guess how deep it is? (Click on About Lake Diefenbaker above to find out!)

Lake Diefenbaker at Elbow, Sask.

Lake Diefenbaker at Elbow, Sask.

Lake Diefenbaker (also called Diefenbaker Lake) is 66 metres, or 217 feet deep, compared to Manitoba’s well-known Lake Winnipeg, which averages about 39 feet or 12 m, excluding a narrow 36 m (118 ft) deep channel between the northern and southern basins.

The lake was created in the 1960s by building the Gardiner Dam across the South Saskatchewan River, and the Qu’Appelle River Dam across the Qu’Appelle River. It has almost 500 miles of shoreline, providing recreation access for a large part of Southern Saskatchewan. With three provincial parks and three regional parks, there are over 1000 campsites with a variety of features.