Sylvan Lake (Alberta)

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This article is about the lake. For the town, see Sylvan Lake, Alberta.
Sylvan Lake
Sylvan Lake Lighthouse.jpg
Location Lacombe County / Red Deer County, Alberta
Coordinates 52°21′19″N 114°09′19″W / 52.35528°N 114.15528°W / 52.35528; -114.15528Coordinates: 52°21′19″N 114°09′19″W / 52.35528°N 114.15528°W / 52.35528; -114.15528
Primary outflows Sylvan Creek → Red Deer River
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 10.1 km (6.3 mi)
Max. width 11.5 km (7.1 mi)
Surface area 42.8 km2 (16.5 sq mi)
Average depth 9.6 m (31 ft)
Max. depth 18.3 m (60 ft)
Surface elevation 974 m (3,196 ft)
Settlements Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake is a large lake in central Alberta, Canada. The resort town of Sylvan Lake is established on the shores of the lake, west of the city of Red Deer.

Sylvan Lake is a mesotrophic lake with a total area of 42.8 km2 (16.5 sq mi), and a maximum depth of 18.3 m (60 ft).[1] It lies at an elevation of 974 m (3,196 ft).

Development and conservation[edit]

The town of Sylvan Lake is built on the southern shore. Other smaller communities around the lake are Sunbreaker Cove, Birchcliff, Crystal Springs, Norglenwold, Half Moon Bay and Jarvis Bay.

Sylvan Lake is one of the most popular recreational areas in Alberta, with over 1.5 million visitors per year. Water based recreational activities include boating, dragon boat racing, swimming, windsurfing, water skiing in summer and ice fishing, skating and snowmobiling during the winter months.[2] Wild Rapids Waterslides, one of the largest waterslide parks in Alberta, is located here.

Sylvan Lake Provincial Park and Jarvis Bay Provincial Park are established on the western and eastern shores respectively.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atlas of Alberta Lakes - Sylvan Lake
  2. ^ Town of Sylvan Lake - Tourism