Saturday, July 11, 2020

Kimball Lake, Saskatchewan

A vacation took us to Meadow Lake Provincial Park in Saskatchewan. Our first stop was Kimball Lake, which is rated as one of Canada's best beaches. Oddly, the lake did not appear on my GPS (although the road net to the campground did).

The best lake access is on the east side of the lake, just north of the campground. There is a boat launch a little bit to the north of the parking lot but the carry for the parking lot to the beach is about 100 feet and it was way nicer to launch off of the beach.

Boat launch as seen from the water.

We paddled up the north side of the lake to the west end. The bird watching was good: herons, eagles pelicans, and loons all put in an appearance. It was an hour or so to paddle the length of the lake, with several stops to rescue dragon flies.

We had fine weather and this was one of the nicest paddles I can recall.

Wr got the west end of the lake and found a beach (boat in only) where we stopped for a swim. The water is super clean and reasonably warm. It looks like you can get into the next lake with a short portage to the west.

The wind came up so we cut down the south side of the lake and made it make in half the time (there was a bit of chop!). We then sat on the public beach (below) and had lunch and swam.

The beach was pretty dead due to COVID. The store by the campground was closed (this was the case at all the lakes we visited), although the store at Grieg Lake was open. Would absolutely recommend this as a vacation spot. A bit of a drive from Edmonton (6 hours) but amazing beach and a decent looking campground.

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