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.

Things to do at Reindeer Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing

Fish species found at Reindeer Lake

  • Grayling
  • Lake Trout
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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    Reindeer Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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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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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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

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    - 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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