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Chapter 16: Water Resources

16.8: Dam and Reservoir at Rivers

The dam 1 on the Little Saskatchewan River 2 near Rivers 3 was built in 1960 by the PFRA as a multi-purpose project but primarily to offer flood protection to Brandon located on the Assiniboine River into which the Little Saskatchewan River flows. A spillway 4 can be seen at the south end of the dam which backs up Lake Wahtopanah 5.[i] As with Minnedosa Lake, so here the recreational potential of the lake has been recognized; Rivers Provincial Park with facilities for camping, picnicking, swimming, and boating is located on the northwestern shore 6, and some cottage development has started at Daly Beach on the opposite bank 7. The town of Rivers now gets its municipal water supply from the lake.

Figure 16.8: Dam and Reservoir at Rivers

Figure 16.8: Dam and Reservoir at Rivers

Figure 16.8

Vertical air photograph: A21666-17

Flight height: 23,170 feet; lens focal length: 3.5 inches

Scale: 1:80,200 (approx.)

Date: July 21, 1970

Location: Township 11 and 12; Ranges 20 and 21WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain

                    1:50,000 62K/1 Rivers


[i] The dam is 21.9 metres (71.8 feet) high and has a storage capacity of 30,000 dam3. Prairie Land and Water Resources