Ten Reasons to Visit Lake Diefenbaker

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Lake Diefenbaker is huge at 225km long with over 800km of shoreline to explore. The three Provincial Parks located on the shores of the lake offer something for everyone. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, sightseeing, nature watching, boating, watersports, golfing, camping, the beaches, or even sailing, and of course, Gardiner Dam, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Gardiner Dam

No trip to Lake Diefenbaker would be complete without seeing Gardiner Dam, the largest earth filled dam in the country. Located 1km south of the dam on Highway 44, the Gardiner Dam Interpretative Centre in Danielson Provincial Park (open from  May to September – Ph: 306-857-5500) has everything you need to know about the dam including footage of the construction and informational displays.

Trophy Fishing

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At over 225km long, with many different bays to explore, the fishing on Lake Diefenbaker is world class. Three different record holding fish have been pulled from the waters and the lake boasts many different species including Walleye, Pike, Rainbow Trout (yes that is very exciting!), Perch, Whitefish, Sauger, and Burbot. If you’re into a little friendly competition, there are three fishing tournaments offered every single year — Lake Diefenbaker Walleye Classic during the last weekend in May, the Riverhurst Walleye Classic on Father’s Day weekend in June, and the Saskatchewan Landing International around the third weekend in July.

Winter Wonderland

Lake Diefenbaker isn’t just for summer activities. It’s also a great spot to explore in the winter. The ice fishing is unparalleled so be sure to keep it on your winter destination list.

Charters

Lake Diefenbaker is so huge that you might not be able to fish it all in one visit (okay, you probably definitely can’t fish it all in one visit). If you’re intimidated by the large expanse of water, you don’t know where to start, or you don’t have your own boat, no problem! Lake Diefenbaker Fishing Charters has just what you need. Come stay and fish for the day, the weekend, or longer!

Beaches

With 800km of shoreline, it’s natural that Lake Diefenbaker offers some incredible beaches. Kick back and relax or enjoy swimming in the tranquil waters. Challenge your family to a sand castle building contest or just sit and soak up the rays.

Camping

Lake Diefenbaker is huge, 225km long. Three Provincial Parks (Danielson Provincial Park, Douglas Provincial Park,  Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park) border its shores. Boasting over a thousand campsites, you’ll be sure to find a beautiful spot that’s just right for your getaway. If roughing it in a tent isn’t exactly your idea of the ideal vacation, there are also cabins, condos, and hotels available to rent throughout the parks.
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park is part of Sask Parks’ Camp-Easy program. So, if you are interested in camping in comfort, check that out.

Hiking

Things to Do in Lake Diefenbaker

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The area around Lake Diefenbaker is a hiker’s paradise. Hike the nearly 40km of rugged trails that go past Sunken Hill, or you can even hike parts of the Great Trail (it extends all the way across Canada!). The Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park offers three different trails within the area as well. Give your feet a rest and paddle the Chief Whitecap Waterway, also part of the Great Trail. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings.

Sailing Lessons

Saskatchewan might be landlocked so it might surprise a few people to learn that you can actually go sailing on Lake Diefenbaker. The Lake Diefenbaker Yacht Club offers sailing lessons for all experience levels. If you’ve always wanted to try it, now is the time!

Golfing

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There are three different golf courses ( Harbor Golf Club & Resort, Sage View Golf Course,  Dakota Dunes Golf Links) located throughout the Provincial Parks that border Lake Diefenbaker and others in the area. The courses are breathtaking and challenging and sure to make for an unforgettable experience.

Watersports

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The pristine waters of Lake Diefenbaker aren’t just for fishing or swimming, they’re also perfect for boating and watersports. With several different marinas and boat launches located throughout the area, getting on the water to enjoy a day of tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, or just sight-seeing, is easy.

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