Visitors in Prince Albert National Park enjoy a wide range of activities on the water. There are several lakes - large and small - that offer access to motorised pleasure craft and sail boats. Motorised pleasure craft are only permitted on Waskesiu, Crean, Kingsmere, Sandy and the Hanging Heart lakes. Non-motorised activities such as sail boating and paddling are permitted on all park waters.

Please note:

  • There is a 40 h.p. motor restriction on Kingsmere Lake
  • Personal watercraft such as Jet Ski, WaveRunner, or Sea-Doo are not permitted on park waters
  • All watercraft must conform to federal small vessel and pleasure craft regulations

See the visitor safety pages for more information on boating safety.

Moorage, boat tours and watercraft rentals

Marina facilities on Waskesiu and The Hanging Heart lakes provide moorage, dry storage, boat rentals, and guided boat tours in Prince Albert National Park. Please visit the Waskesiu Marina Adventure Centre for more information.

Water skiing and wakeboarding

A motorboat pulls a wake boarder through the lake.

© Waskesiu Wilderness Region

 

Action sports such as water-skiing, wakeboarding and wake-surfing are exciting ways to enjoy your time on the water and Waskesiu Lake is the perfect place. With over 950 square kilometers of open water and a number of lakeside beaches and picnic facilities, there is plenty of space on the lake to enjoy that perfect run.

Birch Bay beach and picnic area is a great place for watersport activity. Situated on the north shore of Waskesiu Lake, the beach is the perfect gathering place to enjoy the lake with family and friends. Large hills extend to the southwest from the beach offering almost 2 km of lee shoreline protected from the prevailing northwest winds.

Sail boating

Not too big and not too small, Waskesiu Lake offers a great destination for small sailing vessels. Including the narrows, Waskesiu Lake from east to west it is almost 25 km in total length offering sailors plenty of lake to enjoy on breezy summer days. More experienced sailors may also choose to navigate through the Hanging Heart Lakes into the wide open waters of Crean Lake. At over 100 square kilometers, Crean Lake is the largest lake within Prince Albert National Park and offers terrific backcountry camping.

Water levels can fluctuate from year to year and throughout the season. Boat launch facilities in Prince Albert National Park are suitable for sail boats with a flat bottom or drop keel.

Aquatic Invasive Species

In collaboration with partners, park management is working hard to keep aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels out of the park’s lakes and rivers. Learn more about how you can help!