Cree Lake

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Cree Lake
NASA Canada.A2002236.1810.721.250m (1).jpg
Satellite image of Cree Lake[1]
Cree Lake is located in Saskatchewan
Cree Lake
Cree Lake
Location of Cree Lake in Saskatchewan
Location Saskatchewan
Coordinates 57°30′N 106°30′W / 57.500°N 106.500°W / 57.500; -106.500Coordinates: 57°30′N 106°30′W / 57.500°N 106.500°W / 57.500; -106.500
Lake type glacial lake
Primary outflows Cree River
Catchment area 4,468 km2 (1,725 sq mi)
Basin countries Canada
Surface area 1,152 km2 (445 sq mi)
Average depth 14.9 m (49 ft)
Max. depth 60 m (200 ft)
Water volume 17.6 km3 (4.2 cu mi)
Shore length1 786 km (488 mi)
Surface elevation 487 m (1,598 ft)
References [2]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Cree Lake is a lake in Saskatchewan, Canada. The lake is the fourth largest in the province and is located west of Reindeer Lake and south of Lake Athabasca.[3] There is no highway access, but the lake is reachable by float plane.

Cree Lake (Crystal Lodge) Airport (bush strip) and Cree Lake (Crystal Lodge) Water Aerodrome serve Crystal Lodge, a fly-in fishing lodge.

Cree Lake settlement[edit]

A Dene winter hunting camp located on the south west shore of the lake (at coordinates 57°21′15.19″N 107°7′41.52″W / 57.3542194°N 107.1282000°W / 57.3542194; -107.1282000) eventually developed into the small settlement of Cree Lake. It may have been the location of a Hudson's Bay Company trading post from 1891 to 1902.[4] In the 1960s it had an airport, a small log church and numerous houses.[5] [6] In 1971 there were 36 residents (22 were First Nations).[7]

Although officially named Cree Lake in 1938[8] the lake lies in the traditional territory of the Dene and the English River Dene Nation based in Patuanak has reserves at three sites on the lake. One site on the south west side of the lake is 1607.40 hectares (3971 acres) another on Cable Bay is 538.30 hectares (1350 acres) and another on Barkwell Bay at the northern end of Cree Lake is 2344 hectares (5792 acres).[9]

Other locations on Cree Lake with populations in the 1970s were the Cree Lake Weather Station in the north east (with 10 people) operated by the Canadian Government, the Cree Lake D.N.S. Radio Station (Department of Northern Saskatchewan) on Turner Island (with 10 people) and a camp at the north end (with 15 people).[7]

Fish species[edit]

Fish species include walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, lake trout, lake whitefish, cisco, burbot, Arctic grayling, white sucker and longnose sucker.[10]


The lake has several named and unnamed islands. Some of the named islands include:

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