Summer is the time when people make the best use of the Parkland’s magnificent lakes. Indeed, most summer recreation seems to take place in, on, or around these bodies of water. Whether you’re fishing, boating, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing, or just laying around on the sandy beaches, you’ll find the lakes of the Parkland hard to beat for summertime fun.
East Blue Lake is the clearest of all Duck Mountain’s spring-fed lakes. On a clear day, you can see the bottom of the lake down to 18.5 m (60 ft.). Enjoy swimming or boating, or make use of the Duck Mountain trail system for hiking.
East Blue and Childs Lakes are among Manitoba’s finer scuba diving lakes. Facilities include a campground and overnight accommodations, supply store and gasoline. Located at the junction of PR366 and PR367.
Fishing. Trophy rainbows, splake, and the odd lake trout are waiting to be pulled from East Blue Lake. West Blue Lake (electric motors only) features good walleye fishing.
Fishing. Open year-round, Childs Lake is accessible by road and offers fishing for lake trout, northern pike, splake and walleye. Most services are available at the lake, including boat and canoe rentals, gas, guide services, fish processing, tackle, bait, and licences. Located in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
The jewel in Riding Mountain’s crown, Clear Lake is a world-class tourist destination. All services may be found in Wasagaming or the nearby town of Onanole. Serviced and unserviced campsites, rental cabins, lodges and hotels offer accommodations. Bike and boat rentals, and boat tours, are available, and you can even hire a guide for a special wildlife-viewing hike through Riding Mountain National Park. Located at the south entrance to the
park on PTH10.
Fly-Fishing. Species stocked are brown, rainbow and exotic tiger trout hybrid (a brown trout and brook trout cross). Located 11 km (7 miles) north and then 1.6 km (1 mile) west of Sandy Lake on PR250.
A number of parks and beaches line the shores of this large, shallow lake. Rainbow Beach Provincial Park, on the southwestern shore of the lake, is the perfect spot for an afternoon getaway or a weekend away from it all. The park offers swimming and recreation for the kids, and quiet nights by the lake for parents. Facilities include a beach, campground, nearby golf at Dauphin Lake Golf Club, scenic walks along the shore, playground, picnic areas, ball diamonds, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, concession and modern showers and washrooms. Located north of Ochre River of PTH20, or 24 km (15 miles) east of Dauphin on PTH20.
Also on Dauphin Lake is Stoney Point Beach, located 11 km (7 miles) east of Dauphin on PTH20, then 13 km (8 miles) north. Facilities include a beach, playground, fishing, volleyball court, baseball diamond, horseshoe pits, large dining shelter and camping facilities.
Situated on the northwest shore of the lake is Sifton Beach, with picnic area, barbecue pits, campsites and a boat launch. The beach is located 5 km (3 miles) east of the junction of PTH10 and PR267.
On the southeast shore of Lake Dauphin is Methley Beach, which offers swimming and fishing. Facilities include a beach, campground, picnic shelter, boat launch and pedal boats. Located 16 km (10 miles) north and 5 km (3 miles) west of Ste. Rose du Lac on PTH276.
Fishing. Dauphin Lake has developed a walleye fishery to rival Lake of the Prairies. If fewer walleye are caught here, it’s not by many, and the walleye coming out of Dauphin Lake are reportedly bigger than their cousins to the west. Fish weighing 1.4 -1.8 kg (3-4 lbs) or more are the norm for this lake. This is a very shallow lake, so take care when boating.
Fly-fishing. Fly-fishers are recording good catches of rainbow trout from this lake in The Ducks. Located on the east side of PR366 as you travel through the park. A 1.5 km (1-mile) hike from the gravel pit opposite the west side of Glad Lake takes you to Line Lake, where you can try for muskie and walleye.
Fly-Fishing. Though small, Goose Lake has an excellent reputation among fly-fishers throughout North America. The lake is artificially aerated to keep trout healthy through the winter months. Rainbows up to 76 cm (30 inches) have been documented here. Located in the town of Roblin.
Fishing. The Grandview Game and Fish Association has converted the unused town reservoir, located in the northwest corner of town, into a stocked fish pond. It is open to the public from the end of May until the end of September. Species stocked are rainbow and brown trout. Manitoba fishing regulations apply. Phone 204-648-3134 or 204-648-7642.
Madge Lake, SK
Located at the Saskatchewan border (60 km (36 miles) northwest of Roblin on PTH83), Madge Lake boasts two beautiful beaches for swimming and water skiing, an 18-hole golf course, hiking trails, and excellent fishing. Riding stables, miniature golf, ball diamonds, tennis courts, and canoe and boat rentals are available.
Manipogo Beach is the perfect spot from which to explore and enjoy the northern portion of vast Lake Manitoba. Short hiking trails, miles of beaches, and children’s playgrounds are just some of the attractions to be found here. Choose a camping spot away from it all, or a site overlooking the lake. Located 60 km (38 miles) north of Ste. Rose du Lac on PR276.
Fly-fishing. This is an excellent lake for float tubers. Record brown and rainbow trout in the 75-cm (30-inch) range have provided trophy action for recent anglers. Located 8 km (5 miles) north of Oakburn on PR577.
Lake of the Prairies
Man-made Lake of the Prairies, the result of the construction of the Shellmouth Dam, fills a 67-km (42-mile) stretch of the Assiniboine River Valley. Electrical campsites, fishing and houseboat rentals are available, and you can also trek along the self-guiding Ancient Valley Trail or enjoy the designated swimming area. The Trans Canada Trail follows the valley.
Fishing. Lake of the Prairies is one of the premier walleye sport fisheries in North America. The annual catch of walleye from this lake has been as much as five times the provincial average. You can also expect good perch and pike fishing. Tackle and bait shops are plentiful. Ice fishing is popular here during the winter months. Located at Asessippi Provincial Park, 20 km (12.5 miles) north of Russell on PTH83; or travel 10 km (6 miles) west of Roblin on PTH5.
Fly-fishing. Located near Boggy Creek, this lake is stocked with brook trout. Located 42 km (26 miles) north of Robin on PTH83. You’ll also want to try the Twin Lakes located nearby.
Fly-fishing. Located 1.6 km (1 mile) south of Sandy Lake at the junction of PTH45 and PR250, this lake offers trophy tiger trout.
Camping and accommodations are available. Located on PTH45 ten minutes west from PTH10.
Fishing. Sandy Lake has excellent fishing for perch, jack (northern pike) and pickerel (walleye).
Fly-fishing. Excellent summer and winter fishing may be had at Sandy Lake, where the walleye fishing is reportedly very hot.
Seech Lake & Area
Fishing. Located south of Riding Mountain National Park, the lake, along with nearby Stuart and Wargatie Lakes, are great pickerel and jack lakes—great for family fishing. Seech Lake has a beach. Nearby Wasamin Creek is known for its brook trout.
Fly-fishing. The exclusive domain of fly-fishers, who fish here for rainbow trout. Electric motors only. Located 2 km (1.25 miles) west of East Blue Lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
Fly-fishing. Tokaryk Lake has earned a reputation as one of the best in Canada for fly-fishing. Expect to land brown trout and some big rainbows. Located 6.4 km (4 miles) north of Oakburn on PR577, then 1.6 km (1 mile) east and 1.6 km (1 mile) north.
Fly-fishing. Located near Boggy Creek, the lakes are a destination for anglers looking for the tiger trout hybrid.
Fly-fishing. A 2-km (1.25-mile) hike east of North Steeprock Lake in the Porcupine Forest may reward the patient fly-fisher with a nice catch of spar and rainbow trout. Nearby Gass Lake may yield a catch of spar and brook trout.
This lake features electrical campsites, an RV park, overnight accommodations, and swimming, boating and fishing on the lake. Located at the north end of Duck Mountain Provincial Park on PR366.