Pigeon Lake, Alberta
Looking west over Pigeon Lake at sunset.
|Location||Wetaskiwin County No. 10 / Leduc County, Alberta|
|Primary outflows||Pigeon Lake Creek|
|Catchment area||187 km2 (72 sq mi)|
|Max. length||13.1 km (8.1 mi)|
|Max. width||14.7 km (9.1 mi)|
|Surface area||96.7 km2 (37.3 sq mi)|
|Average depth||6.2 m (20 ft)|
|Max. depth||9.1 m (30 ft)|
|Surface elevation||852 m (2,795 ft)|
Pigeon Lake is a large lake in central Alberta, Canada. It is a popular recreation lake, with some shores having sandy beaches and others having steeper banks that are less suitable to "beach activities". Pigeon Lake is located close to large communities such as Edmonton, Leduc and Wetaskiwin. It lies in two counties, Leduc County and Wetaskiwin County and is bounded by Pigeon Lake 138a Indian Reserves.
The lake has a total area of 96.7 km2 (37.3 sq mi) and a maximum depth of 9.1 m (30 ft). It has a catchment area of 187 km2 (72 sq mi), and is an early tributary of the Battle River, to which it is connected through the Pigeon Lake Creek.
It was called "Woodpecker Lake" until 1858, from Hmi-hmoo (or Ma-Me-O), the Cree word for woodpecker. In 1858 the name was changed to Pigeon Lake.
Pigeon Lake is one of the most intensely used recreational areas in Alberta, with lots surrounding much of the lake, and over 2,300 private cottages, 10 summer villages and 9 hamlets established on its shores. Among the communities dotting the lake contour, the most prominent are the Ma-Me-O Beach, Silver Beach and Grandview areas, with Westerose, Norris Beach, Poplar Bay, Fisher Home, Mission Beach, Sundance Beach, Itaska Beach, Golden Days, and Argentia Beach. The lake is easily accessed along Highway 13 on the south side and Highway 616 on the north side, between Highways 2 and 20.
- Atlas of Alberta Lakes - Pigeon Lake
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