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Reindeer Lake
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NASA satellite map of Reindeer Lake
Location of Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan
Location of Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan
Reindeer Lake
Location in Saskatchewan
Location Division No. 18, Saskatchewan / Division No. 23, Manitoba
Coordinates 57°18′N 102°22′W / 57.300°N 102.367°W / 57.300; -102.367
Lake type Glacial
Primary inflows Cochrane River (Canada)
Primary outflows Reindeer River
Catchment area 60,000 km2 (23,000 sq mi)
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 230 km (140 mi)
Max. width 60 km (37 mi)
Surface area 5,650 km2 (2,180 sq mi)
Average depth 17 m (56 ft)
Max. depth 219 m (719 ft)
Water volume 95.25 km3 (77,220,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time 9 years
Shore length1 3,394 km (2,109 mi)
Surface elevation 337 m (1,106 ft)
Islands numerous
Settlements Kinoosao, Brochet, Southend
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Reindeer Lake is a lake in Western Canada located on the border between northeastern Saskatchewan and northwestern Manitoba, with the majority in Saskatchewan. The name of the lake appears to be a translation of the Algonquian name. It is the 24th largest lake in the world by area, as well as being the second-largest lake in Saskatchewan and the ninth largest in Canada. 8% of the lake lies in Manitoba and 92% of lake in Saskatchewan.


Reindeer Lake has a heavily indented shoreline and contains numerous small islands. On its eastern shore is the community of Kinoosao, at its northern end Brochet, Manitoba; and at its southern end, Southend, Saskatchewan. It drains mainly to the south, via the Reindeer River and a controlled weir, to the Churchill River and then east to Hudson Bay. Water flow out of the lake is regulated by the Whitesand Dam.

Deep Bay, located at the south end of the lake and measuring about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) wide and 220 metres (720 ft) deep, is the site of a large meteorite impact dating about 99 million years ago. According to local Cree legend, it is also the location of a lake monster.


Fishing is an important industry in the area and sport-fishermen are drawn by its clear and deep waters. Trophy-sized pike are common at Reindeer Lake. The lake also supports light commercial fishing. Fish species include walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, lake trout, Arctic grayling, lake whitefish, cisco, round whitefish, burbot, white sucker and longnose sucker.

Several bays and islands on Reindeer Lake host fishing lodges.

NORAD Tracks Santa

Reindeer Lake was a featured Santa Cam location from the start of the 2002 NORAD Tracks Santa tracking season to the end of the 2011 season when NORAD opted to switch to a regional format the next year instead of the individual profiling of cities they had been doing.

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