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Battle Lake

    1.Introduction
    2.Drainage Basin Characteristics
    3.Lake Basin Characteristics
    4.Water Quality
    5.Biological Characteristics
    6.References
    7.Appendix

1. Introduction

Map Sheets:83B/16
Location:Tp46 R2 W5
Lat/Long:52°58'N 114°11'W

Lovely Battle Lake is set in a narrow valley surrounded by heavily treed hills. It is located 102 km southwest of Edmonton in the County of Wetaskiwin and can be reached by travelling south for 68 km on Highway 2, then west for 35 km on Highway 13. The hamlet of Battle Lake is situated less than a kilometre east of the lake (Fig. 1).

The lake's name is a translation from Cree and refers to the frequent territorial conflicts between the Blackfoot and Cree in the region near the Battle River (Alta. Cult. Multicult. n.d.). Settlers began arriving in the area around 1900, and established a church and general store near the southeast end of the lake (Conroy Club and Yeoford Ladies Club 1973). By 1904, loggers were active and the lake and river were used to float lumber and logs downstream to Ponoka and Hobbema (MacGregor 1976). A sawmill located near the lake operated in the 1920s; logging in the area ended in 1944 (Falun Hist. Soc. 1974).

The proximity of Battle Lake to popular resort lakes such as Pigeon and Wizard has encouraged the County of Wetaskiwin to plan shoreline development carefully, with the objective of preserving the natural wooded beauty of the lakeshore. Consequently, low-volume, well-dispersed activities such as hiking, nature viewing, angling and cross-country skiing are encouraged. Power boats are permitted on the lake, but they are subject to a maximum speed of 12 km/hour (Alta. For. Ld. Wild. 1988).

Public access to Battle Lake is available at a County of Wetaskiwin campground on the southeast side of the north shore (Fig. 2). The campground, which opened in August 1989, has 26 campsites, a tenting area, a day-use area with picnic tables and firepits, a boat launch and walking trails. Improvements planned for 1990 are flush toilets, tap water and a playground. The county also owns land at the lake's outlet, the Battle River, and holds a recreational lease on the quarter section of Crown land immediately west of the outlet (Fig. 2). Two additional areas of Crown land, located on the northwest side of the south shore, have protective notations and are reserved for natural areas by Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife (Alta. For. Ld. Wild. 1987). The remainder of the shoreline is privately owned. The only institutional camp on the lake is owned by the Girl Guides of Canada. It consists of 0.78 ha of land on the south shore (Fig. 2).

The water in Battle Lake is fairly clear, but occasional algal blooms colour the water green in late summer. The lake supports a sport fishery for northern pike, yellow perch and lake whitefish and a domestic fishery for lake whitefish. There are no sport fishing regulations specific to Battle Lake, but provincial limits and general regulations apply (Alta. For. Ld. Wild. 1989).

Physical Information
Area (km2)4.56
Max. Depth (m)13.1
Mean Depth (m)6.9
Dr. Basin Area (km2)103
Dam, WeirNone
Drainage BasinBattle River Basin

Recreational Information
Camp GroundPresent
Boat LaunchPresent
Sport FishLake Whitefish, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike

Water Quality Information
Trophic StatusEutrophic
TP x (µg/L)31
CHLORO x (µg/L)11.2
TDS x (mg/L)200

2.Drainage Basin Characteristics »

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