About our Lakes

Saskatchewan is fortunate to have a wealth of fresh water covering about one eighth of the province. The Waskesiu Wilderness Region accounts for thousands of lakes and streams, with the bulk of them lying within the Prince Albert National Park. These lakes, streams, rivers and marshlands are teeming with wildlife and unique vegetation, and are recognized as true natural treasures. 

Within the national park’s 388,000 hectares (one million acres) are literally too many lakes to name. The massive Crean Lake is one of the largest lakes in a Canadian national park. Waskesiu, Sandy , Kingsmere, Crean and the Hanging Heart Lakes are among the park’s largest and most used lakes.

Of the countless beach areas within the WWR, Waskesiu Lake’s main beach area boasts a large swimming area, the Sandy Lake and Paignton Beach on Waskesiu Lake are also popular beach areas. Providing your launch onto the water are the Waskesiu Marina, Narrows Marina and Heart Lakes Marina.

Immediately outside the park is the vacation resort area including Emma, Christopher, Anglin and McPhee Lakes. To the west is the spring-fed Cowan Lake which neighbours the town of Big River. Surrounded by largely undeveloped land, these clean northern lakes support a great variety of fish, like lake trout, northern pike and walleye, making this an angler’s dream.