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Chapter 17: Parks, Recreation, Sports

17.3: William Lake in Turtle Mountain

William Lake 1 in Turtle Mountain is another lake that has been developed as a recreational area. Unlike Lake Metigoshe it is entirely in Canada and is approached by a gravel road 2 running south from PR 341 (off the photo to the north). The photograph shows the area of William Lake Provincial Park in an early stage of development. At the time the only development was a trail along the east shore of the lake 3 and a couple of cottages 4. Now the lake attracts fisherman—it is stocked with, and has had great catches of, rainbow trout —swimmers, campers, and wind surfers. The lake is particularly popular with the latter because, as it is roughly circular, it offers good surfing with winds from any direction. Hikers are attracted to a trail that leads southwest to Turtle’s Back Summit 5 from which spectacular views of southwest Manitoba can be obtained. Charlton Lake 6 is located in the southwest corner of the photo.

Figure 17.3: William Lake in Turtle Mountain

Figure 17.3: William Lake in Turtle Mountain

Figure 17.3

Vertical air photograph: A19906-217

Flight height: 9,000 feet; lens focal length: 152.16 mm

Scale: 1:13,800 (approx.)

Date: May 28, 1967

Location: Township 1; Range 19W1

Map sheets: 1:150,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/4 Killarney