Douglas Provincial Park Public Beach at Lake Diefenbaker


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. Douglas Provincial Park is situated on the Qu’Appelle arm of Diefenbaker, and the public beach area in this park is comprised of fine light sand mixed with a few small rocks. 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. Because a dam controls the lake, the size of the beach fluctuates with the water levels throughout the season. The water is cold and clear, however when the water levels are low the ground is muddy and foam tends to wash up on the shoreline. The beach also varies in width and there may or may not be a designated swimming area depending on the water level. All swimming is unsupervised.

Access to the beach is off highway 19, and a day pass ($7) is required for park entry. There is a large paved parking lot, and the beach is accessible via a short walk from the parking lot. Lake Diefenbaker is historical to say the least! It is known for stories of its formation, it’s hydroelectric power production, and it’s record-breaking fish populations. Douglas Provincial Park has large stands of forest upland of the beach, so wildlife here is abundant. There is a boat launch available within the park. Its gradual slope and sandy perimeter don’t provide much cover from the sun, so make sure to bring sunscreen!

The view from the beach is more sandy beaches backed by trees. The beach backs onto a grassy park with some stands of forest as well as wetland. This area has benches for seating, as well as day use picnic tables and a playground for children. There are trash, washroom and changing facilities as well as a general store with food, snacks and laundry. A good option for those wanting to explore a more natural side of Lake Diefenbaker.

WATER QUALITY
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CURRENT WEATHER
-8°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Douglas Provincial Park Public Beach at Lake Diefenbaker is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The public, recreational beaches of Saskatchewan are not routinely monitored, sampled or tested for recreational water quality standards and exceedances during the bathing season. Saskatchewan Public Health may sample swimming areas in response to complaints or observed reports. If you have a complaint, please use the "Report Pollution" button in Swim Guide.

North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper has identified swimming locations and added them to Swim Guide. Beaches will remain "Grey" if no reliable water quality data is available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Douglas Provincial Park Public Beach at Lake Diefenbaker


WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
-8°C
Clear and sunny

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. Douglas Provincial Park is situated on the Qu’Appelle arm of Diefenbaker, and the public beach area in this park is comprised of fine light sand mixed with a few small rocks. 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. Because a dam controls the lake, the size of the beach fluctuates with the water levels throughout the season. The water is cold and clear, however when the water levels are low the ground is muddy and foam tends to wash up on the shoreline. The beach also varies in width and there may or may not be a designated swimming area depending on the water level. All swimming is unsupervised.

Access to the beach is off highway 19, and a day pass ($7) is required for park entry. There is a large paved parking lot, and the beach is accessible via a short walk from the parking lot. Lake Diefenbaker is historical to say the least! It is known for stories of its formation, it’s hydroelectric power production, and it’s record-breaking fish populations. Douglas Provincial Park has large stands of forest upland of the beach, so wildlife here is abundant. There is a boat launch available within the park. Its gradual slope and sandy perimeter don’t provide much cover from the sun, so make sure to bring sunscreen!

The view from the beach is more sandy beaches backed by trees. The beach backs onto a grassy park with some stands of forest as well as wetland. This area has benches for seating, as well as day use picnic tables and a playground for children. There are trash, washroom and changing facilities as well as a general store with food, snacks and laundry. A good option for those wanting to explore a more natural side of Lake Diefenbaker.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Douglas Provincial Park Public Beach at Lake Diefenbaker is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The public, recreational beaches of Saskatchewan are not routinely monitored, sampled or tested for recreational water quality standards and exceedances during the bathing season. Saskatchewan Public Health may sample swimming areas in response to complaints or observed reports. If you have a complaint, please use the "Report Pollution" button in Swim Guide.

North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper has identified swimming locations and added them to Swim Guide. Beaches will remain "Grey" if no reliable water quality data is available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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