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Home » Lakes of the Atlas » North Saskatchewan Region » North Saskatchewan River Basin » Jackfish Lake

Jackfish 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:83G/8, 9
Location:Tp52 R2 W5
Lat/Long:53°29'N 114°15'W

Jackfish Lake is an attractive recreational lake located in the County of Parkland, approximately 60 km west of the city of Edmonton and 25 km west of the town of Stony Plain. To reach the lake from Edmonton, take Highway 16 west for 50 km to Secondary Road 770 and drive south for about 10 km to the east side of the lake. Several local roads provide access to residential developments along the lakeshore (Fig. 1). Public access to the water is available only at the county-owned Jackfish Lake Recreation Area on the eastern shore (Fig. 2). Facilities include a day-use area with 16 picnic sites, parking and a boat launch.

The origin of the lake's name and the local history of the area near the lake have not been documented, but the name likely came from the target of the sport fishery, the northern pike, which are popularly known as jackfish.

Blue-green algae turn the water in Jackfish Lake green in July and August and aquatic vegetation grows densely in shallow areas. The major recreational activities are picnicking, water skiing, boating, and fishing for northern pike, yellow perch and walleye. Swimming is popular, but there is no sandy beach. Provincial sport fishing regulations prohibit fishing for bait fish or the use of bait fish in Jackfish Lake (Alta. For. Ld. Wild. 1989). Conflicts have occurred between recreational groups on this busy lake-anglers and swimmers need quiet areas away from power boats and water skiers. The county has been looking for a solution to this problem, but by 1988 no decisions had been reached and no boating restrictions were in place (Alta. For. Ld. Wild. 1988). Regulations proposed include a 12 km/hour speed limit in front of the boat launch and designation of a swimming area where no boats are allowed.

Physical Information
Area (km2)2.39
Max. Depth (m)9
Mean Depth (m)3.4
Dr. Basin Area (km2)12.6
Dam, WeirWeir
Drainage BasinNorth Saskatchewan River Basin

Recreational Information
Camp GroundNone
Boat LaunchPresent
Sport FishNorthern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch

Water Quality Information
Trophic StatusEutrophic
TP x (µg/L)39
CHLORO x (µg/L)10.9
TDS x (mg/L)600

2.Drainage Basin Characteristics »

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