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Clear Lake 2014

Clear Lake 2014 - Fact Sheet

 Clear Lake Fast Facts 2014-2015 Special events
35 Maximum lake depth in metres   May-25 MS Walk – Lakeshore Walk
29 Number of kilometres of shoreline surrounding Clear Lake   Jun-21 National Aboriginal Day
29 Number of square kilometres Clear Lake covers   Jul-01 Canada Day
76 Percentage of Clear Lake's shoreline that remains undeveloped   Jul-12 Clear Lake Day
14 Number of species of fish in Clear Lake   Aug. 16 Riding Mountain Triathlon
854 Number of cottage, cabins and business leases in Wasagaming and the
North Shore
  Aug. 23 Big Concert
Apr-21 Earliest date that the ice was off Clear Lake (2005)   Oct. 16-19 Eco-Science Camp
Jun-03 Latest ice off date (1979)   Dec. 1-2 Manitoba Conservation District Association Convention
Nov-11 Earliest freeze up date for Clear Lake (1966, 1996, 2003)   27-May-2015 Clear Lake Cleanup
Dec-16 Latest freeze up date (1999)      


  • 2004: Drinking water treatment facility upgrade
  • 2008: Forcemain replaced
  • 2010-2011: Wastewater treatment facility upgrade
  • Contaminated site remediation
  • 2011: Golf course maintenance compound
  • 2012: Townsite washroom parking lot
  • 2013-2014: Grey Owl landfill
  • 2013-2014: Gas station
  • 2013: Bogey Creek – restoration of fish access
  • 2013: Aspen picnic area – erosion control
  • 2013-2014: Water and sewer hookup in Wasagaming cabin area; conversion from camping permits to leases

Action on the Ground

  • The Action on the Ground (AoG) is a federally funded program that is restoring natural ecosystems in Canada’s national parks
  • The Clear Lake Project began in 2006. Building on the existing body of research, monitoring and public engagement, AoG funding permitted RMNP’s resource conservation team to lead the efforts to protect Clear Lake from a variety of dangers including nutrients and environmental pollutants, invasive species, shoreline erosion, loss of fish spawning habitat, and visitor safety.

First Nations

  • First Nations were an integral part of the Riding Mountain landscape long before European
  • People from Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation (KOFN) were wrongfully removed from their fishing settlement in 1935 when Riding Mountain National Park was established
  • Their land located on the northwest shore of Clear Lake was returned in 1994
  • RMNP and KOFN jointly manage the fishery on Clear Lake

Future Projects and Initiatives

Future Projects and Initiatives
 © Parks Canada
  • Boat Cove redevelopment (2014-ongoing)
  • Implementation of boat launch fees (2015) to fund further improvements to launch facilities
  • Blue Flag Beach designation (proposed for 2015). For more info, visit
  • Boaters Auxiliary (proposed for 2015) to assist with search and rescue as well as to promote boating safety


1906 Riding Mountain Forest Reserve established
1916 Clark's Beach (now the main beach) was set aside for cottage development 
1929 Riding Mountain National Park established 
1933 Riding Mountain National Park officially opened
1930s and 1940s At the advent of automotive tourism, Depression era relief workers and conscientious objectors from World War II helped build Rolling River Road and Highway 10 which opened up national parks to the growing number of day trippers and vacationers. 
2013 More than 300,000 visitors enjoy Riding Mountain National Park annually. For most people, the park's biggest attraction is Clear Lake.

Stakeholder Committees

Lake Group - Partners and stakeholders with interests in Clear Lake. The group meets twice a year to learn about issues facing Clear Lake, and to make recommendations to the management team about protecting the Clear Lake ecosystem, and improving visitor experience.

Clear Lake Recreational User Group – This group represents a wide variety of lake users including power boaters, paddlers, sailors, and the Riding Mountain Triathlon. They meet two to three times per year to discuss issues relating to improving visitor experience and visitor safety on Clear Lake.

Research – Publications

  • Newmann, N. Ecohydrology of Coupled Surface Water-Groundwater Systems, 2013. 
  • Malcolm, C.D., K.M. Fawcett, and T. Sallows. Identification of Northern Pike Spawning Sites in South Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, 2011.
  • Thomas, R. Tracking movements and habitat use of Northern Pike (Esox lucius) using VHF telemetry in Riding Mountain National Park, 2011.
  • McLaughlin, K., C. Malcolm, T. Sallows. Slimy sculpin (Cottus cognatus) in relation to depth, temperature, and dissolved oxygen in Clear Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, 2011.
  • White, C., M.G. Pellatt, R. Reside, I.R. Walker. Diatoms in Riding Mountain National Park Lakes: Indicators of water quality and ecosystem change, 2011.
  • Whitehouse, R. Phosphorus Scavenging through Calcite Co-Precipitation: Bringing clarity to Clear Lake, 2010.
  • Grey, H. Fossil Midges and Hypolymnetic Oxygen at Clear Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, 2009.
  • Dawson, E. Ecological Integrity of Clear Lake Watershed: Socio-ecological systems description and strategy for participatory development of indicators of ecological integrity, 2009.