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Chapter 16: Water Resources

16.6: Minnedosa Lake

Minnedosa Lake 1 north of the town of Minnedosa 2 results from a dam 3 built across the Little Saskatchewan River 4. The lake, which has a spillway 5 at the east end of the dam, extends for close to two miles north along the valley. The only function of the present dam is to produce Minnedosa Lake, but the original dam, built between 1910 and 1912, included a powerhouse for generation of electricity that continued until 1933. Minnedosa Lake is now an important recreational centre for southwest Manitoba. Cottage developments can be seen on the west shore 6 and to the southeast 7, with beaches nearby 8. The lake itself is used for water sports; it is the home of the Minnedosa Rowing Club and was used for the Western Canada Water Ski Championships (1980), for events in the Canada Games (1997), and for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking events in the Pan Am Games (1999). Not only is the lake well suited to these events, the valley sides provide excellent viewing for spectators.

Figure 16.6: Minnedosa Lake

Figure 16.6: Minnedosa Lake

Figure 16.6

Vertical air photograph: A21439-32

Flight height: 9,850 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 6 inches

Scale: 1:16,700 (approx.)

Date: June 3, 1970

Location: Township 15; Range 18WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62J Neepawa

                    1:125,000 62J/SW Neepawa

                    1:50,000 62J/5 Clanwilliam