Reindeer Lake, Manitoba & Saskatchewan, Canada
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Reindeer Lake is the one of the largest lakes in North America, covering about 1,500,000 acres and spanning the border of Saskatchewan and Manitoba provinces in Canada. Estimates of the lake’s immense size range from 1,309,800 to 1,640,000 acres. At 180 miles long, Reindeer Lake’s exterior shoreline is about 1,380 miles; when combined with the lake’s 5,000+ islands, the shoreline balloons to about 5,700 miles. Reindeer Lake was named after huge herds of barren ground caribou that used to migrate to the lake’s shores.
Reindeer Lake’s natural setting provides a wide range of landscaping: the southern part of the lake features forest of spruce and poplar while the northern portion is more sandy and barren. Beautiful beaches can be found along the shoreline, accented with boulders and steep cliffs. The vast expanse of Reindeer Lake provides anglers with an endless amount of fishing spots, while cabins tucked along the shoreline beckon vacation travelers and adventures to retreat and enjoy the calm atmosphere around them.
Reindeer Lake is a natural lake that is believed to have been around for thousands of years and was once a part of the fur trade routes. Two rival fur-trading companies, Hudson’s Bay Company and Northwest Company, established trading posts along the shores of Reindeer Lake. In the early 1940s, a dam was built where Reindeer Lake flows into Reindeer River as a way to provide water for Island Falls. When the dam was built, Reindeer Lake’s water level was raised a few feet to its current normal elevation of 1,105 feet above sea level. The dam is now owned by SaskPower and is used for power generation.
Reindeer Lake is home to some captivating geological formations, including Deep Bay, a huge, water-filled crater created by a meteorite that struck that part of Canada 140 million years ago. The depth of Deep Bay is 710 feet, making it the deepest area of Reindeer Lake. With waters that deep, there have been reports of a legendary monster that lives in the depths of Deep Bay. According to Native American legend, the monster ate reindeer as they fell through the ice.
Whether a monster resides in Reindeer Lake is uncertain, but what is well known is that Reindeer Lake is an excellent angler’s paradise. Fish enthusiasts will find Reindeer Lake full of northern pike, arctic grayling, lake trout, white fish, and walleye. There are numerous fishing lodges located around the lake where weary anglers unwind and swap fishing stories as they rest before another full day of fishing. Visitors who do not enjoy fishing will find many other activities to suit their taste, such as small craft boating. Canoes are very popular on Reindeer Lake, which is often part of a longer canoe route. Canoeists glide through the waters as they take in the beauty surrounding them. Hunters also enjoy time on the lake, when they can take advantage of the wilderness that houses black bear and moose.
For those who enjoy the atmosphere of Reindeer Lake and wish to take up a more permanent residence, look for real estate in the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There are also vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts located around the lake, where visitors can relax after spending the day on the vast Reindeer Lake.
The beautiful wilderness setting of Reindeer Lake is enchanting and entices outdoor lovers to come play. Anglers can cast in their line, while hunters track their game. At the end of the day, lake visitors may even catch a glimpse of the dancing, colorful Northern Lights. The immense size of Reindeer Lake will cause visitors to want to see more and find the perfect spot to unwind.
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Things to do at Reindeer Lake
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- Wildlife Viewing
Fish species found at Reindeer Lake
- Lake Trout
- Northern Pike
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Reindeer Lake statistics & helpful links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed
Water Level Control: SaskPower
Surface Area: 1,500,000 acres
Shoreline Length: 1,380 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,105 feet
Average Depth: 59 feet
Maximum Depth: 710 feet
Water Volume: 77,219,200 acre-feet
Drainage Area: 23,000 sq. miles
Trophic State: Oligotrophic
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