Sylvan Lake (Alberta)
|Location||Lacombe County / Red Deer County, Alberta|
|Primary outflows||Sylvan Creek → Red Deer River|
|Catchment area||102 km2 (39 sq mi)|
|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||118.3 m (388 ft)|
|Shore length1||36.0 km (22.4 mi)|
|Surface elevation||974 m (3,196 ft)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Development and conservation
Six communities are developed adjacent to the shores of Sylvan Lake. The Town of Sylvan Lake is located on the southeast shore, while five summer villages – Sunbreaker Cove, Birchcliff, Jarvis Bay, Norglenwold and Half Moon Bay – are adjacent to the lake's northeast and southwest shores.
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. Wild Rapids Waterslides, formerly one of the largest waterslide parks in Alberta, is located on the shore of the lake within the Town of Sylvan Lake, but has ceased operations as of 2016.
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