SASKATCHEWAN’S BEST BOATING LAKES
Over 12% of the province of Saskatchewan is covered by lakes and rivers. Seriously – that’s a whole lot of boating. Spend the day on the crystal blue waters of Barrier Lake, located at the base of Mount Baldy, or plan a weekend trip to Meadow Lake Provincial Park to explore one of it’s 25 lakes. Both spots offer easy boating access, so getting out for a day on the water is a breeze. For more information on Saskatchewan’s boating access areas, check out Discover Boating’s marina finder. Just remember to get your Saskatchewan Boat License!
If you’re in search of a more peaceful time on the water, La Ronge Provincial Park is the perfect spot to paddle out for the day. It features over 100 lakes and 1300 islands to explore. If reeling in a trophy sized pike is more your style, hit up Athabasca Lake- just be sure to check out Saskatchewan’s current Anglers Guide for the most up to date fishing regulations for your area.
LITTLE MANITOU LAKE
Little Lake Manitou is open to all types of boating, including power boating, and paddling – however, it’s more commonly known as Canada’s Dead Sea.
Little Lake Manitou has been attracting visitors for centuries. Although it was once a freshwater lake, the waters of lake Manitou have no outlet, resulting in its increasingly mineral based composition. The resulting water is far denser than seawater, making it easy to float (just like the dead sea).
Due to it’s high number of visitors, there are a variety of activities and amenities, including beaches, resorts, mineral pools and a drive-in.
Reindeer Lake is the perfect relaxing getaway for the whole family. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and retreat to Northern Saskatchewan for a peaceful weekend filled with boating and fishing. Check out the Nordic Lodge on Reindeer Lake for perfect cottage style accommodations, and book a Woodland Cree guided fishing tour on the lake.
LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE & REGIONAL PARK
Located about an hour north of Regina, last mountain lake and the surrounding regional park, offer loads of boating, water activities & camping. The park features easy boating access, and is a popular spot of fishing. Just remember that this lake it pretty shallow, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for sandbars and rocks, which can be tricky to spot.
More interested in “glamping”? Check out one of their many RV sites, take a swim in the outdoor pool, check out a the beach volleyball court, or play a round a golf. There’s also a new concession stand, and aquatic program (with swimming lessons for kids), a shower house, and laundry facilities. It’s basically your home away from home in the summer months!
BARRIER LAKE & BARRIER LAKE RESORT
Barrier Lake is located about 60 km south of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, and tuck ucked it’s south-west side is the Barrier Lake Resort – a perfect family getaway for Saskatchewan’s south-central residents. Book a cabin for the weekend, camp for the night, or park your RV for the summer, and choose from a variety of summer (and winter) activities!
Launch and dock your boat straight from the beach, and head-out on the water for a day of fishing, swimming, or catching some rays from the boat. Don’t have your own boat? No problem – you can rent one straight from the resort. Once you’ve had your fill of cruising around the lake, dock-up for the afternoon and check out some beach volleyball, book the kids in for swimming lessons, or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant.
If you’re in search of winter activities, you won’t need to go far. Barrier lake also offers ice fishing, including two ice fishing derbies through the winter, plus area around the lake also boasts miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
MEADOW LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
The Meadow Lake Provincial park region spans about 1600 kms and features more than 20 lakes, rivers and streams. It’s also one of the largest provincial parks in all of Canada, and resident to some of Saskatchewan’s most prime beaches.
This park is a major camping, paddling, and fishing, family destination for Saskatchewan residents. Bring the kids and head out for a day of paddling, on the Waterhen river, or trek through the Boreal Trail – stop for a break at one of the parks picnic areas.
The park’s campground offers RV sites, tent sites, firepits, and picnic tables. There’s also concession service if you’re looking for a bite to eat, and a fish cleaning facility if you want to fry up a fresh catch for dinner. So stay for the night, or the summer, and enjoy all that the park has to offer.