Candle Lake (Saskatchewan)

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Candle Lake
Location Paddockwood No. 520, Saskatchewan
Coordinates 53°49′13.86″N 105°18′15.47″W / 53.8205167°N 105.3042972°W / 53.8205167; -105.3042972Coordinates: 53°49′13.86″N 105°18′15.47″W / 53.8205167°N 105.3042972°W / 53.8205167; -105.3042972
Primary outflows Torch River
Basin countries Canada
Settlements Candle Lake

Candle Lake is a body of water in central Saskatchewan, approximately a fifty minute drive northeast of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. It is also the name of a resort village along the Eastern shore of the lake, and of Candle Lake Provincial Park which encompasses much of the surrounding area. Candle Lake is a popular tourist destination in Western Canada and is located in the boreal forest biome. In addition to natural sand beaches, the lake contains a number of sport fish species including northern pike, walleye, yellow perch,[1][2] burbot,[3] lake whitefish,[4] white sucker, longnose sucker and shorthead redhorse.[5] The lake takes its name from a Cree legend about flickering lights appearing near the north end of the lake, which have supposedly been seen right up to contemporary times.[6] Some theorize that the lights are caused by a gas emitted from decaying driftwood, rather than having a paranormal origin.[citation needed]

The level in Candle lake is regulated by a four-bay 3.1 m concrete dam, constructed in 1978-1979 and operated by the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority. The dam discharges into the Torch River.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Things To Do At Candle Lake". Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Candle Lake Provncial Park Summer Information" (PDF). Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  3. ^ "2011 Saskatchewan Anglers' Guide" (PDF). Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Fish Facts 2007" (PDF). Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment. 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  5. ^ Scott, William B.; Crossman, Edwin J. (June 1973). Freshwater Fishes of Canada. Unipub. ISBN 9789997645609. 
  6. ^ McLennan, David (2006). "Candle Lake". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  7. ^ "Dams and Reservoirs". Saskatchewan Watershed Authority. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

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