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
10°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Douglas Provincial Park Public Beach at Lake Diefenbaker is not sampled

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

Douglas Provincial Park Public Beach at Lake Diefenbaker


WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
10°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 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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