Lenore Lake (Saskatchewan)

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Lenore Lake
Lenore Lake.png
Lenore Lake as seen from space.
Location Lenore Lake No. 399 / Three Lakes No. 400, Saskatchewan
Coordinates 52°30′N 104°59′W / 52.500°N 104.983°W / 52.500; -104.983Coordinates: 52°30′N 104°59′W / 52.500°N 104.983°W / 52.500; -104.983
Type Freshwater
Basin countries Canada

Lenore Lake is a partly saline lake in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. It is part of the Lenore Lake Basin, which includes several saline lakes (Basin, Middle, Frog, Ranch, Murphy, Flat, Mantrap, Houghton, Deadmoose and Waldsea) as well as the freshwater St. Brieux Lake and Burton Lake. The basin has no natural outlet.[1] Lenore Lake was designated a migratory bird sanctuary in 1925[2] and sustains a habitat for walleye, whitefish, perch and northern pike.[3]

Environmental concerns[edit]

In recent years, water levels in the basin have risen to historic levels. Nearby Houghton Lake, a highly saline body of water, has drained water into Lenore Lake. To prevent the highly saline water from damaging the fish habitat in Lenore Lake, Environment Canada ordered the permanent closure of a culvert between the two lakes on May 10, 2010.[4]

In 2009, Saskatchewan's Ministry of the Environment issued fish consumption guidelines for walleye and northern pike taken from Lenore Lake, due to the level of mercury detected in the fish.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernhardt, Darren (May 14, 2008). "Rising salt water threatens farms". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ "Saskatchewan Migratory Bird Sanctuary Facts". Environment Canada. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Lenore Lake - Fish Facts Publications". SaskFishingLakes.ca. 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  4. ^ Peckover, Pat (May 20, 2010). "Federal gov't orders culvert closed between Houghton, Lenore Lakes". ITV Humboldt. Retrieved 2010-08-31. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Revised Fish Consumption Guidelines Established for Lake Lenore". Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment. February 12, 2009. Archived from the original on June 14, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-31.