Star Lake, Manitoba, Canada

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One of the choice residential lakes within Whiteshell Provincial Park is beautiful Star Lake. Located just west of much larger West Hawk Lake, Star Lake is one which Manitoba planning officials have allowed to develop cottage communities. Most of the cottages are on leased Crown lands, with many being owned by the same families for generations. Water flows out of Star Lake to West Hawk Lake, and water levels are controlled by a small dam owned by Manitoba Water Stewardship.

As is common in many parts of Whiteshell Provincial Park, there are few commercial facilities. Most services and supplies are obtained in the West Hawk Lake settlement nearby. An area of private development on the road between Star Lake and West Hawk Lake holds some convenience services and is home to a marine repair facility. The lodge at Star Lake provides a sandy beach with swimming area, picnic grounds, and playground equipment. The lodge also rents a few camping spaces and more modern cabins, primarily for religious retreats. Canoes are available for rent at the nearby boat launch. Although Star Lake is open to all water sports, it does not appear that there is a commercial marina where visitors can launch large power boats.

Most cottages are clustered along the eastern shores of irregularly-shaped Star Lake. The Trans Canada Trail crosses the access roads along the east side and is perfect for cycling, hiking and nature walks. The wooded countryside belies its once-busy history as the site of gold mining. Most mines are long gone, and fallow farm fields have once again been claimed by trees, raspberry bushes and native flora. This section of Whiteshell Park is considered a game bird refuge, so conditions are ideal for a variety of waterfowl and birds. Deer, black bear, beaver, osprey, bald eagles, hawks and owls are common in the area.

The newest section of the cross-Canada trail extends from Star Lake to Caddy Lake. A new warming shelter is located along this section at Zubec Lake for cross-country skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts and snowmobile riders. With a projected completion date of 2017, the multi-use Trans Canada Trail will eventually meander coast-to-coast to serve the recreational needs of millions of outdoor fans. Manitoba recently earmarked $800,000 toward finishing the trail within the province and maintaining the trail that exists.

Star Lake is noted for fishing in all seasons. Walleye have been stocked regularly. The lake also holds northern pike, yellow perch and crappie, along with several more limited species. Many bays, secluded coves and islands allow for a variety of fishing opportunities. A Manitoba fishing license and provincial park permit are required. All vehicles entering the park must have a park sticker. Anglers will want to check current Park regulations to make sure that no restrictions have been placed on specific fish in any Whiteshell Park lake. Recently, water users have been surprised to discover freshwater jellyfish in Star Lake. Although harmless to humans, residents are now concerned for the possible future damage to Star Lake’s natural ecology and are alert to dangers from invasive species.

Star lake is in the southernmost portion of Whiteshell Park near the Ontario and United States borders. The nearby area holds a wide variety of recreational activities and sports facilities. Falcon Lake (a few miles south along the Trail) is a recreational hotspot, with golf courses, horseback riding, a ski hill, restaurants, cottage resorts, bed & breakfasts, commercial and private lodgings and a hub for connected snowmobile trails. West Hawk Lake holds most of the same types of amenities, although on a somewhat smaller scale. The many trails in the area are popular for cross-country skiing. All of these make Star Lake the perfect home base for a week or a season of outdoor fun.

Although statistics about Star Lake’s size and depth are not publicly available, a conservative estimate is that the lake is well over 500 acres, providing plenty of space for water sports and solitude. The scenery is rustic boreal forest, with beautiful sunsets and starry night skies. Several private cottage owners regularly rent their cabins by the week to vacationers. Many times these cottages have expansive decks, fire rings, sandy beach and a canoe, kayak or row boat. Lake real estate is available, with many of the existing cottages winterized for year-round use. With Winnipeg only two hours west along the Trans-Canada Highway, Star Lake has become increasingly popular for weekend residency to many city dwellers.

Typical of the geology of this most-western portion of the Canadian Shield, large granite outcroppings exposed by glaciers past left large barren patches amid the wooded landscape. Some of the more interesting of these are the patches of ‘pillow lava’ found south of Star Lake, named for their pillow-like shapes. Other areas of Whiteshell Provincial Park hold petroforms left by ancient native tribes that constructed the outline of snakes and other animals hundreds of years ago. Some of these petroforms are still the site of sacred native ceremonies, and all are protected by law. Not all are mapped or accurately , so it is not unusual to discover a previously-unknown effigy while wandering the large expanse of Crown land.

A week or two at Star Lake allows visitors to relax, recharge their need for solitude and nature, and generally recuperate from the stresses inherent in a city lifestyle. So, make a reservation for a lakefront cottage today and start planning your trip. Before you know it, you’ll be looking to put down roots here, too.

*Detailed statistics for this lake are not available.

Things to do at Star Lake MB

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Provincial Park
  • Playground

Fish species found at Star Lake MB

  • Crappie
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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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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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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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