Nothing spells summer quite like a trip to the lake! Sand between your toes, warm Saskatchewan sunshine, and a cooling dip are just the beginning the pleasures that a day at the beach can bring! Overnighting at a lake destination in Saskatchewan is always a fun option, but if you’re looking for quick fix, there’s plenty of lakes near Saskatoon worthy of day trip. Day trips are a great opportunity to make beach memories without the added expense and hassles of a longer stay away. Here are few of our recommendations…
6 Lakes Near Saskatoon Worthy of a Day Trip
1/ Pike Lake (32km Southwest of Saskatoon on Highway 60)
Convenience is king at Pike Lake! Less than a half hour from city limits, Pike Lake Provincial Park has everything you would ever need in a day trip–tennis & volleyball courts, water-activity rentals, playgrounds, golf, a nature trail, a VERY impressive outdoor pool, concession, and, of course a beach! It’s a short drive so there’s plenty of time to pit in for the day at a BBQ pit, catch some rays on the beach, take a refreshing dip in the pool, AND be home by bedtime!
2/ Diefenbaker Lake (Danielson Provincial Park – North end of Diefenbaker Lake, access via Highways 44, 45, or 219)
It’s a big lake! Or is it a river? Whatever it is, Diefenbaker’s north end is just over an hour from Saskatoon, and it has beaches a-plenty! You’ll never find yourself crowded on a day trip to Danielson–there are literally miles of beach where you and your family can set up for the day! If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, there’s also the Trans Canada Trail (AKA The Great Trail) where you can put on some miles or fish to catch in the Lake! And if you need a break from the heat, the Gardiner Dam visitors centre is a great place to learn more about the fascinating history of one the largest earth-filled dams in the world!
3/ Blackstrap Lake (32km southeast of Saskatoon off Highway 11)
Blackstrap is a pretty ‘cool’ place to spend the day on the beach! Nestled amongst trees and a grassy area, a family can easily wile away a few hours on the main beach and then retreat to the shade of a nearby towering poplar! Add to that, a nifty play structure, water activity rentals, and opportunities for those with boats to enjoy a day out on the water, and you have a recipe for a truly memorable summer day!
4/ Martin’s Lake (112km northwest of Saskatoon on Highway 12)
Think retreat! At Martin’s Lake, you’ll find mature trees, a nice sandy beach and the P & Q you’ve been looking for! Relax in the beautiful setting and let the kids play on the nearby playground! There’s also concession and a restaurant nearby if you’re too lazy to pack a picnic before heading out to Martin’s. This regional park is just over an hour from city limits.
5/ Manitou Beach (124km southeast of Saskatoon on Highway 2)
Not one, not two, but three beaches will make it worth your drive to Manitou Beach! And this ain’t no ordinary lake! Little Manitou Lake is famous for its high mineral content and buoyancy so you and your kids can float the day away or choose to spend some time at the nearby playgrounds. Don’t forget to take a walk around and learn all about the most fascinating ecosystem of Little Manitou–one of only three bodies of water of its kind on the planet!
6/ Wakaw Lake (100 km northwest of Saskatoon off Highway 41)
If a children’s playground, concession, mini golf course, and toddler playground aren’t reason enough to visit Wakaw Lake, just come for the beach! This gem is just over an hour’s drive from Saskatoon and is the perfect daytrip if you’re looking for some sand and sun.
Whether you’re building sand castles, making a splash, or just catching some rays, Family Fun Saskatoon hopes you will make some beach memories with your family this summer!