Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Wilderness adventures draw people to Wollaston Lake in northeastern Saskatchewan. Sparsely populated, Wollaston Lake is home to copious amounts of wildlife, birds and freshwater fishing fun. Wollaston is one of a few lakes in Saskatchewan offering anglers the chance to reel in pike, lake trout, walleye and arctic grayling.

Wollaston Lake is 110 miles long and 45 miles wide. There are 2,700 miles of shoreline. The nearly 400 islands dotting the lake account for some of that total. Wollaston Lake originates from melted glaciers. It is the largest lake in the world that naturally drains in two directions. The Fond du Lac River flows out of Wollaston Lake to the northwest. On the northeastern side, Wollaston Lake drains into the Cochrane River.

Wollaston Lake is surrounded by forest land and wide open spaces. Set up a tent at Wollaston and your closest neighbor is likely a moose. There is only one settlement on the lake, a village bearing the same name. About 1000 people call Wollaston Lake home. Here the wildlife definitely out number the people. Some of the mammals you may see on your trip to Wollaston Lake include moose, barren-ground caribou, woodland caribou and grey wolf.

Birds are plentiful as well. The northern goshawk, the spruce grouse, black-backed and three toed woodpecker and the white-winged crossbill frequent the area. Osprey and bald eagles have been known to breed there as well.

The excellent freshwater fishing at Wollaston Lake reels in anglers from all over the world. Fish found in the lake include northern pike, lake trout, Arctic grayling and walleye. Out of the 100,000 lakes in Saskatchewan, only a few can boost these highly sought after catches. Wollaston Lake’s strict catch and release policy has helped make it a great place to catch gigantic fish. 30 pound lake trout, 27 inch walleye and four feet long northern pike are commonly caught by anglers.

The Saskatchewan is a land of extremes and so is Wollaston Lake. Temperatures range from a mean of -4 degrees in the fall and winter to a normal of 68 degrees in the warmer months. The lake freezes over in mid-November and breaks up again sometime around mid-June.

You can watch the ice thaw and the birds return to Wollaston Lake for the summer from the porch of your rented cabin. Vacation rentals at Wollaston Lake include private homes and cottages as well as privately operated hunting and fishing lodges and campgrounds. The government runs Hidden Bay campground, a rustic retreat located on Wollaston Lake’s Hidden Bay within walking distance of the scenic Umpherville River. These are primitive sites without electricity. There is a boat launch, picnic tables and barbeque pits. Canoeing, boating, fishing, birding and wildlife viewing are the popular past times.

Even though Wollaston Lake is a remote destination it is served by its own airport. The Wollaston Lake airport is adjacent to the lake. Some of the lodges and campgrounds have their own airstrips as well. Getting to these lodges and campgrounds via car is possible, but the gas stations are few and far between on the lonely, rough roads.

If you are looking for a wild and wonderful destination, wide open spaces and world class freshwater fishing put a trip to Wollaston Lake on your calendar. The air is crisp. The water is clear and the fish are biting.

Things to do at Wollaston Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding

Fish species found at Wollaston Lake

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

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    Wollaston Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 662,490 acres

    Shoreline Length: 2,700 miles

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 1,306 feet

    Average Depth: 68 feet

    Maximum Depth: 318 feet

    Water Volume: 60,803,490 acre-feet

    Lake Area-Population: 1,022

    Drainage Area: 9,000 sq. miles

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    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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    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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    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:

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    "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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