Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park at Lake Diefenbaker (Cottonwood)

Stewart Valley, 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. Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park is situated on the South Saskatchewan arm of Diefenbaker, and the public beach area in this park is comprised of fine light sand mixed with a few small rocks. 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 lake is narrow, and so the water clarity is subject to changing from clear to murky based on wind and other weather conditions. There is no designated swimming area and all swimming is unsupervised. No pets allowed on the shoreline.

The park is split into two by highway 4, and the beach is located on the west side. There is a $7 fee to enter the park, or $50 annually for access to all Saskatchewan Provincial Parks. There are several paved parking lots with easy access to the beach. 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. Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park has large stands of forest surrounding the beach, so wildlife here (particularly birds) are abundant. There is a boat launch available just east of the beach and it has it’s own paved parking lot nearby. On the east side of the park there is a marina, boat rentals, mini golf, stores and campgrounds all for use by the public.

The view from the beach is of valleys and hills, with few to no residential properties visible. The sandy beach extends down the lake further and is backed by cliffs and valleys for those wishing to venture away from the public space. The public area backs onto a grassy park with lots of trees and shrubs throughout. There are picnic areas with day use BBQs as well as benches throughout the park. There is also access to change rooms, washrooms, and trash facilities. The valley setting is very different compared to other Lake Diefenbaker Provincial Parks, and is great way to get a more secluded feel from this famous lake.

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 6th, 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
14°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park at Lake Diefenbaker (Cottonwood) is sampled 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

Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park at Lake Diefenbaker (Cottonwood)

Stewart Valley, 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 6th, 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
14°C
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. Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park is situated on the South Saskatchewan arm of Diefenbaker, and the public beach area in this park is comprised of fine light sand mixed with a few small rocks. 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 lake is narrow, and so the water clarity is subject to changing from clear to murky based on wind and other weather conditions. There is no designated swimming area and all swimming is unsupervised. No pets allowed on the shoreline.

The park is split into two by highway 4, and the beach is located on the west side. There is a $7 fee to enter the park, or $50 annually for access to all Saskatchewan Provincial Parks. There are several paved parking lots with easy access to the beach. 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. Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park has large stands of forest surrounding the beach, so wildlife here (particularly birds) are abundant. There is a boat launch available just east of the beach and it has it’s own paved parking lot nearby. On the east side of the park there is a marina, boat rentals, mini golf, stores and campgrounds all for use by the public.

The view from the beach is of valleys and hills, with few to no residential properties visible. The sandy beach extends down the lake further and is backed by cliffs and valleys for those wishing to venture away from the public space. The public area backs onto a grassy park with lots of trees and shrubs throughout. There are picnic areas with day use BBQs as well as benches throughout the park. There is also access to change rooms, washrooms, and trash facilities. The valley setting is very different compared to other Lake Diefenbaker Provincial Parks, and is great way to get a more secluded feel from this famous lake.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park at Lake Diefenbaker (Cottonwood) is sampled 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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