With a gorgeous beach and so much to do during the summer months, Gleniffer Lake is a hot spot for summer vacations, family get togethers, or just an escape from the hubbub of the city. Whether you’re an avid golfer or someone who just likes to drive the golf cart, someone who loves water activities like sailing, or you’re a sand castle artist, the lake community has something for everybody. It may be beautiful now, but did you know that Gleniffer Lake didn’t exist before 1983?
Gleniffer Lake, or the Gleniffer Reservoir, is a manmade lake situated in the heart of central Alberta. It was originally formed in 1983 because of the Dickson Dam construction happening at the same time. The dam impounded the Red Deer River, an affluent of the Saskatchewan River, and was built primarily to enhance the the condition of the river, but also to manage flood water and winter runoff. It’s construction prompted the formation of the reservoir, for the purpose of providing recreational capabilities and forming a water supply for prospective municipal and industrial expansions.
The lake stretches 7 kilometers by 2 kilometers with a surface area of about 17 square kilometers. It’s depth ranges around 38 feet with the deepest point in the lake extending down 108 feet. This makes Gleniffer Lake an impeccable place to practice your boating skills and fishing skills! Several species of fish call the deep waters of the lake home, including pike, trout, and walleye. The lake also provides local and nearby residences with fresh drinking water!
Gleniffer Lake may be manmade, but the memories made here are natural and treasured. If you’ve ever wondered what Gleniffer Lake is all about, why not come take a look for yourself? At just 75 minutes north of Calgary, a mere 45 minutes southwest of Red Deer or a 2 hour road trip from Edmonton, Gleniffer Lake is easily accessible for those who live in the city. Come see why we have loved Gleniffer Lake and all it has to offer since 1983!