Sylvan Lake (Alberta)

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Sylvan Lake
Sunset Over Sylvan Lake.jpg
LocationLacombe County / Red Deer County, Alberta
Coordinates52°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
TypeMesotrophic lake
Primary outflowsSylvan Creek → Red Deer River
Catchment area102 km2 (39 sq mi)
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length10.1 km (6.3 mi)
Max. width11.5 km (7.1 mi)
Surface area42.8 km2 (16.5 sq mi)
Average depth9.6 m (31 ft)
Max. depth118.3 m (388 ft)
Shore length136.0 km (22.4 mi)
Surface elevation974 m (3,196 ft)
SettlementsSylvan Lake
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

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]

Wild Rapids Waterslides on the shore of Sylvan Lake

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 villagesSunbreaker Cove, Birchcliff, Jarvis Bay, Norglenwold and Half Moon Bay – are adjacent to the lake's northeast and southwest shores.[2]

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.[3] 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.

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atlas of Alberta Lakes Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine - Sylvan Lake
  2. ^ "Sylvan Lake Summer Village Civic Address Map" (PDF). April 30, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Town of Sylvan Lake - Tourism
A pier on Sylvan Lake at sunset