Danielson Visitor’s Center Beach

Cutbank, Saskatchewan

Lake Diefenbaker was formed in 1968 by damming of the South Saskatchewan River. It is about 2km wide and over 100km long and has 3 Saskatchewan Provincial Parks on its perimeter. In Danielson Provincial Park, the public beach alone is several kilometers in length, and you can find even more sandy beaches along the shoreline. The beach is composed of coarse light sand mixed with rocks. It is rockier the further you get upland from the water. Potash and other minerals occur commonly in these sediments, giving the sand a sparkling pink appearance. The lake bottom is a mixture of sand and rocks, and deepens gradually leaving plenty of space for wading and swimming. The water is cold and clear, with no evidence of weeds growing or washed up. There may or may not be a designated swimming area depending on the water level, and all swimming is unsupervised.

Access to the beach is off of highway 44, and parking is available at the Danielson Provincial Park Visitor Center. The parking lot is a short walk through a grassy park to the beach. Lake Diefenbaker is historical to say the least! It is known for stories of it’s formation, it’s hydroelectric power production, and it’s record breaking fish populations. All of these things make it a desirable lake to visit, and the abundance of boaters and recreational users are proof of that! There is a boat launch available through the park but you must pay an entry fee to use that facility. Because a dam controls the lake, the size of the beach fluctuates with the water levels throughout the season. It’s gradual slope and sandy perimeter don’t provide much cover from the sun, so make sure to bring sun screen!

The view from the beach is mainly more beaches, bordered by trees and valleys. Near shore there is a small sandy island, and a large colony of pelicans can be easily observed from the beach! The beach backs onto a grassy park and several trees. This area has a small playground for kids, change houses and washrooms, as well as day use picnic tables and benches. The visitor center is also in this park and features displays on historical Lake Diefenbaker as well as a small theatre, store, and restaurant. All in all, historical Lake Diefenbaker is a must see!

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 2019. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
31°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Danielson Visitor’s Center Beach is sampled weekly from July 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Saskatchewan. Water samples at this beach are processed by the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory.

Beaches are monitored at varying frequencies for E. Coli and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) from the end of June to the end of August. There are weekly reports on the beaches’ recreational water quality results posted on the Healthy Beach Program website from July to early September.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality under Saskatchewan’s Healthy Beach Program.

The levels of E. coli are measured using the most probable number methodology. High levels of E. coli can indicate faecal contamination, which poses human health risks for gastrointestinal illnesses, as well as ear, nose, and throat infections. In accordance with the guidelines, a beach is marked green when a single sample result is less than 400 E. coli organisms in 100 milliliters of water or the geometric mean of five samples is less than or equal to 200 E. coli per 100 milliliters of water. A beach is marked red when a single sample results has greater than 400 E. coli per 100 ml of water.

The Government of Saskatchewan advises to avoid swimming and in-water activities during water quality advisories. There will be warning signs at the beaches with poor water quality results until the risk to public health is resolved.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Danielson Visitor’s Center Beach

Cutbank, Saskatchewan

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 27th, 2019. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
31°C
Mostly clear

Lake Diefenbaker was formed in 1968 by damming of the South Saskatchewan River. It is about 2km wide and over 100km long and has 3 Saskatchewan Provincial Parks on its perimeter. In Danielson Provincial Park, the public beach alone is several kilometers in length, and you can find even more sandy beaches along the shoreline. The beach is composed of coarse light sand mixed with rocks. It is rockier the further you get upland from the water. Potash and other minerals occur commonly in these sediments, giving the sand a sparkling pink appearance. The lake bottom is a mixture of sand and rocks, and deepens gradually leaving plenty of space for wading and swimming. The water is cold and clear, with no evidence of weeds growing or washed up. There may or may not be a designated swimming area depending on the water level, and all swimming is unsupervised.

Access to the beach is off of highway 44, and parking is available at the Danielson Provincial Park Visitor Center. The parking lot is a short walk through a grassy park to the beach. Lake Diefenbaker is historical to say the least! It is known for stories of it’s formation, it’s hydroelectric power production, and it’s record breaking fish populations. All of these things make it a desirable lake to visit, and the abundance of boaters and recreational users are proof of that! There is a boat launch available through the park but you must pay an entry fee to use that facility. Because a dam controls the lake, the size of the beach fluctuates with the water levels throughout the season. It’s gradual slope and sandy perimeter don’t provide much cover from the sun, so make sure to bring sun screen!

The view from the beach is mainly more beaches, bordered by trees and valleys. Near shore there is a small sandy island, and a large colony of pelicans can be easily observed from the beach! The beach backs onto a grassy park and several trees. This area has a small playground for kids, change houses and washrooms, as well as day use picnic tables and benches. The visitor center is also in this park and features displays on historical Lake Diefenbaker as well as a small theatre, store, and restaurant. All in all, historical Lake Diefenbaker is a must see!

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Danielson Visitor’s Center Beach is sampled weekly from July 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Saskatchewan. Water samples at this beach are processed by the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory.

Beaches are monitored at varying frequencies for E. Coli and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) from the end of June to the end of August. There are weekly reports on the beaches’ recreational water quality results posted on the Healthy Beach Program website from July to early September.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality under Saskatchewan’s Healthy Beach Program.

The levels of E. coli are measured using the most probable number methodology. High levels of E. coli can indicate faecal contamination, which poses human health risks for gastrointestinal illnesses, as well as ear, nose, and throat infections. In accordance with the guidelines, a beach is marked green when a single sample result is less than 400 E. coli organisms in 100 milliliters of water or the geometric mean of five samples is less than or equal to 200 E. coli per 100 milliliters of water. A beach is marked red when a single sample results has greater than 400 E. coli per 100 ml of water.

The Government of Saskatchewan advises to avoid swimming and in-water activities during water quality advisories. There will be warning signs at the beaches with poor water quality results until the risk to public health is resolved.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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