Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Lake Winnipeg
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Lake Winnipeg Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Lake Winnipeg Gifts
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All About Lake Winnipeg
Lake Winnipeg is a long (271 miles) somewhat shallow outdoor enthusiast’s dream. It’s located some 35 miles north of Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a natural favorite for Canadian residents as well as visitors. Lake Winnipeg’s beautiful beaches, provincial parks and uncluttered waters afford a wealth of outdoor enjoyment for anyone making it their vacation getaway. It is the sixth largest lake in Canada and the tenth largest freshwater lake in the world. There are 30 communities along the over 1000-mile shoreline hosting over 20,000 permanent residents. Lake Winnipeg is a wonderful Canadian resource providing hydroelectric power, tourism, commercial fishing, sport fishing, boating, swimming and camping (some on pristine islands and beaches dotting the Lake). The East side of the Lake is mostly untouched boreal rivers and forests, providing even more remote sites for outdoor challenges. The south end houses most of the seven Provincial Parks and beaches while the north end is the most remote and is the start of the hydroelectric generating system.
Lake Winnipeg is a natural lake predominantly fed by three major rivers: Red River, Winnipeg River and the Saskatchewan River. Many other rivers contribute their share and Lake Winnipeg’s watershed is truly enormous (386,000 square miles in area) covering parts of four U.S. States and four Canadian provinces. The outlet of Winnipeg Lake flows northward into the Nelson River and the Jenpeg Dam’s six units at the northern end generate 97 megawatts of electricity. There are 39 additional units and four additional dams in the Nelson River Hydroelectric Project further northward generating 3,789 added megawatts for the operator, Manitoba Hydro. This electricity is supplied to the Province and some U.S. locations.
While there is fine sport fishing in Lake Winnipeg with nice catches of walleye, northern pike, lake trout, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and pickerel, the Lake provides an excellent commercial fishery employing over 1000 fishermen and helpers. In the 2002 commercial season over seven million pounds of pickerel were caught and the total value of the commercial fishing industry on Lake Winnipeg was over $20 million. With the significant size of the Lake, boating (both sailing and power) is a favorite and enjoyable outdoor activity. There are a number of marinas and sailing clubs located at the southern end of Lake Winnipeg, some part of the Provincial Parks. Some of the marinas provide boat rentals of pontoon, skiffs and runabouts. Windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing are also very much enjoyed on the Lake. A caution for boating: Due to Lake Winnipeg’s rather shallow and narrow configuration, a northerly wind can sometimes cause waves of up to 9 feet – check with the locals for the wind forecast.
While hiking, walking and wildlife viewing in the Provincial Parks, go search for and find one of the over fifty Geocaches hidden around Lake Winnipeg. Of course, a short drive away from most of the Provincial Parks is the major city of Winipeg, providing sightseeing, supplies and entertainment.
Finally, the northern end of Lake Winnipeg offers some of the most beautiful pristine outdoor locations for boating, camping and just plain enjoyment. If you are anywhere near Winnipeg, Manitoba and love the outdoors, you MUST give Lake Winnipeg a high priority on your ‘must see’ list.
Things to Do at Lake Winnipeg
- Vacation Rentals
- Wildlife Viewing
- Provincial Park
Fish Species Found at Lake Winnipeg
- Black Bass
- Channel Catfish
- Lake Trout
- Northern Pike
- Smallmouth Bass
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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Winnipeg Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
- Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
- TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
- Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
- KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
- RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
- CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Winnipeg Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed
Water Level Control: Manitoba Hydro
Surface Area: 5,867,520 acres
Shoreline Length: 1,087 miles
Average Depth: 39 feet
Maximum Depth: 118 feet
Water Volume: 228,833,000 acre-feet
Completion Year: 1979
Water Residence Time: 3.5 years
Lake Area-Population: 23,000
Drainage Area: 247,040,000 sq. miles
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