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Qu’Appelle Lakes Rising from Recent Rainfall Event

June 30, 2014 - The recent rainfall event in the eastern portion of the province is causing the lakes in the Qu’appelle basin to rise. These lakes are expected to be higher than in the spring but it is still very early in the event. Crooked Lake is already higher than the spring level and is rising rapidly.

There is a risk of flooding of cottages especially at Round and Crooked Lakes because of the heavy rainfall but this is still expected to be less than 2011. All cottage owners are encouraged to take the proper precautions and prepare accordingly. 

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is working on a forecast for Last Mountain Lake and will have one this week once the rainfall ends and a better picture of total runoff starts to materialize.

  • Last Mountain Lake is at 491.1 m and rising which is roughly one metre higher than the normal summer level of 490.1 m.
  • Echo Lake is currently at 479.48 m which is 0.38 m higher than the normal summer level of 479.1 m.  
  • Katepwa Lake is currently at 478.87 m which is 0.57 m higher than the normal summer level of 478.3 m 
  • Crooked Lake this morning was at 452.56 M which is 0.86 m higher than the normal summer level of 451.7 m and rising rapidly.
  • Round Lake is currently at 443.12 m which is 0.72 m higher than the normal summer level of 442.4 m and rising rapidly. 


The Water Security Agency is encouraging any residents who need emergency flood protection or mitigation work to call the provincial water inquiry line at 1-866-727-5420.

The Water Security Agency was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan.  The plan will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan.  The agency brings together all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity.