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Lac La Ronge

The natural beauty of Lac La Ronge is spectacular. The array of scenery includes cliffs, more than a thousand tree-covered islands, white-water rapids and waterfalls, all typical of the Canadian Shield. The area is famous for its white-water rapids, and excellent canoeing, fishing and cross country skiing.

In addition to its beautiful scenery, several remnants of colonization, the fur trade and the First Nations people who have occupied the land for time immemorial can be found on the shores of Lac La Ronge and its adjacent rivers.

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Stanley Mission is Saskatchewan's oldest building. It was constructed between 1854 and 1860, dwarfing all surrounding structures. A boat is required to reach the church, as it sits on an island about 500 metres off shore and is still used on important occasions.

Located downstream from the church, on the Churchill River you can stop and observe the ancient pictographs (rock paintings) created by the First Nations people who have been traveling these rivers and lakes for centuries. And still further downstream witness the majestic beauty of Nistowiak Falls, the largest set of waterfalls in Saskatchewan.

Geography

Lac La Ronge is located within the largest Saskatchewan Provincial Park. Lac La Ronge Provincial Park covers and area 344,470 hectares and encompassing 100 other lakes within its boundaries.

Lac la Ronge is approximately 1200 ft. above sea level with the lake draining out to the Churchill River through Rapid River which includes Nistowiak Falls. It's fed by various creeks and rivers, the main feeder streams include the Montreal, Nemeiben, and Nipekamew Rivers. Lac la Ronge is about 546 square miles (1,414 sq km) in size. The deepest water in the southern part is only about 60 feet, while locations in Hunter Bay have 130+ ft. of water. It is important to get an accurate hydrographical map of Lac La Ronge before you decide to navigate these waters. There are many reefs and shoals that even the most experienced guides of the area are unfamiliar with. These maps are available from the local SERM office in La Ronge.













 

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