Eagle Lake, Alberta, Canada

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Also known as:  Pataomoxecing

Follow the Trans-Canada Highway 25 miles east of Calgary and you will arrive at the northern shore of Eagle Lake. Surrounded by south-central Alberta’s wind-swept grasslands and vast skies, Eagle Lake is a treasure in a land of harsh winters and dry summers. Found on the eastern outskirts of Strathmore, Eagle Lake is facing the transformation from a rural lake to lakeside residential retreat. After decades of discussions and numerous proposals, visions of homes, golf courses and beaches are now Eagle Lake’s future.

People of the Blackfoot Nation named Eagle Lake Pataomoxecing, for the “many eagles” that once soared over the surrounding hills. The 1880’s expansion of railroads brought settlers to the prairies where the town of Strathmore was founded along the shores of Eagle Lake. After the turn of the century, Strathmore relocated a few miles west of the lake saving the city from a substantial flood in 1948. That same year the Canadian Pacific Railroad built a drainage ditch and berm at the south end of Eagle Lake. Today the weir and control gate are maintained by the Western Irrigation District (WID). Eagle Lake receives its water supply from several sources. A creek at the southwest end of the lake flows into Eagle Lake along with runoff and drainage from a WID irrigation canal built east of the lake. At the southeast shore an outlet stream drains 2,916-acre Eagle Lake into Namaka and Stobart Lakes, eventually flowing into the Bow River.

Eagle Lake is a shallow, moderately saline, nutrient-rich lake with an average depth of nine feet and maximum depth of 16 feet. Blue-green algae can proliferate during warm summer months. Marshy wetlands form at the southwest end of Eagle Lake, creating an excellent bird watching habitat for waterfowl and a sampling of shorebirds including American avocets, marbled godwits and yellowlegs.

Dense aquatic plants line much of Eagle Lake’s 14-mile shore, keeping shoreline fishing to a minimum. Anglers generally cast their lines from boats or the weir at the south end of the lake hoping to catch walleye introduced to the lake in the 1960s and 1970s. Native species include northern pike, yellow perch, white sucker, longnose sucker, brook stickleback and fathead minnow. Fish catch size and number are regulated by the provincial government. Links to regulations and fish consumption advisories are posted for your convenience.

Wheatland County owns a campground located at the southeastern shore. A public boat launch and sandy beach are also provided. When strong winds blow across the prairie, they can make boating hazardous but they create ideal conditions for windsurfers. When the winds pick up, windsurfers gather at the county park to launch their boards and sail away.

In a land where water is a prized possession, Eagle Lake has often been studied for its recreational and residential potential. A 100-lot development has been approved along the northwestern shore, and resort-style residential development with well over 6,000 units is proposed for the eastern shore. With plans to improve Eagle Lake’s water quality and landscape, residents will be able to enjoy canoeing, swimming, fishing, picnicking, bicycling, hiking, skating, cross-country skiing, tennis and golf right in their own back yard.

Immediately south of Eagle Lake, where lake water meets the Bow River, you will find Alberta’s Wyndham Carseland Provincial Park. Campgrounds are available for group use with a variety of outdoor activities. A ball field, horseshoes, hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking and cross-country skiing are among the options – but fishing is the main attraction. The Bow River is one of Alberta’s best trout fisheries. The river is a fly-fisherman’s paradise where river species are listed as: brook stickleback, brook trout, brown trout, bull trout, burbot, cutthroat trout rainbow trout, emerald shiner, fathead minnow, flathead chub, goldeye, lake chub, lake sturgeon, lake trout, lake whitefish, longnose dace, longnose sucker, mooneye, mountain whitefish, northern pike, quillback, river shiner, sauger, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, spoonhead sculpin, spottail shiner, trout-perch, walleye, white sucker and yellow perch.

Take a short 30-minute drive toward the western Rockies and you will find Calgary rising up from the prairie. With a population exceeding a million people, residents of Eagle Lake have easy access to a delightful selection of shops, restaurants and services. Known for its celebrations, sporting events and the Calgary Stampede, Calgary is a vacation destination all its own.

Look past the city and you will see Canada’s Mountains West Tourism Region gaining a new attraction on the shores of Eagle Lake. What was once a quiet fishing lake and home to “many eagles” is becoming a lakeside residential community. Eagle Lake vacation rentals and real estate properties will line the eastern shore with views of clean water, golfing greens and golden grasslands. The future is in sight. Take advantage of the first opportunity to select your view and enjoy life on the new Eagle Lake.

Things to do at Eagle Lake AB

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Birding
  • Provincial Park

Fish species found at Eagle Lake AB

  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Bull Trout
  • Burbot
  • Carp
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Goldeye
  • Lake Trout
  • Mooneye
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Quillback
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Redhorse
  • Sauger
  • Sculpin
  • Stickleback
  • Sturgeon
  • Sucker
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow Perch

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    Eagle Lake AB Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Western Irrigation District

    Surface Area: 2,916 acres

    Shoreline Length: 14 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 3,025 feet

    Average Depth: 9 feet

    Maximum Depth: 16 feet

    Water Volume: 25,294 acre-feet

    Water Residence Time: 15 years

    Drainage Area: 46 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Hyper-eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

    You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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