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Reesor 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:72E/9
Location:Tp8 R1 W4
Lat/Long:49°40'N 110°07'W

Reesor Lake is a small, popular trout-fishing reservoir located within Cypress Hills Provincial Park in the Municipal District of Cypress. It was named after David William Reesor, the son of a Canadian senator, who settled in the area in 1900. The original Reesor ranch house still stands near the shore (Alta. Cult. Multicult. n.d.). Prior to 1960, the lake was two small, separate water bodies, called Twin Lakes. In 1960, a dam was constructed across the southeast end of the valley where the two lakes were located. Water was diverted into the reservoir from Battle Creek, raising the water level and thus creating a single lake (Fig. 1).

Cypress Hills Provincial Park is situated approximately 65 km southeast of Medicine Hat, off Highway 41. Of the 12 campgrounds in the park, two are located near Reesor Lake (Fig. 2). The first of these is Reesor Lake Dock Campground, which is situated on the north shore of the lake off the Reesor Lake Road. It is open year-round and has 24 random campsites, a water pump, a fishing pier and a boat launch. The second campground, Reesor Lake Campground, is located south of the lake on the south side of Battle Creek. It is open from May to September and provides 40 campsites, including 7 walk-in tenting sites, tap water, picnic tables, a picnic shelter, a playground and weekly interpretive programs. A boat launch is located at the western end of the dam. The only boat motors allowed on the lake are electric (Alta. For. Ld. Wild. 1988).

Reesor Lake has one of the more important sport fisheries in southern Alberta and many people visit Cypress Hills Provincial Park only to fish the lake for rainbow trout (Bishop 1989). Fishing regulations prohibit the use of bait fish in the lake (Alta. For. Ld. Wild. 1989). The water is clear during most of the year, but turns green in midsummer. Extensive areas of aquatic macrophytes cover much of the lake bottom and interfere with angling during late summer.

Physical Information
Area (km2)0.51
Max. Depth (m)5.5
Mean Depth (m)3.7
Dr. Basin Area (km2)5.58
Dam, WeirDam
Drainage BasinMilk River Basin

Recreational Information
Camp GroundPresent
Boat LaunchPresent
Sport FishRainbow Trout

Water Quality Information
Trophic StatusEutrophic
TP x (µg/L)36
CHLORO x (µg/L)14.0
TDS x (mg/L)130

2.Drainage Basin Characteristics »

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