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With its beautiful beaches and wide open waters, Lake Winnipeg is one of Manitoba's greatest freshwater resources. Lake Winnipeg, the world's 10th largest freshwater lake, plays a critical role in tourism, recreation, commercial and sport fisheries, and hydroelectric generation in Manitoba. The lake is home to abundant aquatic life including fish, invertebrates, and plants. Over 23,000 permanent residents live in 30 communities along the shores of Lake Winnipeg, including many First Nation and Métis communities. Lake Winnipeg's world-class beaches attract many visitors to the province and offer many opportunities for swimming, paddling, sailing, and windsurfing on the east and west shores of the south basin. Each year, approximately 800 commercial fishers operate on Lake Winnipeg, catching a variety of species including world-class walleye, goldeye, sauger, whitefish, plus others. Sport anglers find many places to fish while enjoying the lake's beauty. Lake Winnipeg is also the world's third largest reservoir, generating hydroelectric power for all Manitobans.
This page links you to information about Lake Winnipeg and the work underway to improve the health of the lake and its vast watershed. Although much has been accomplished, much more remains to be done.
On September 13, 2010, the Ministers of Water Stewardship Division and Environment Canada signed a "Canada-Manitoba Memorandum of Understanding Respecting Lake Winnipeg and the Lake Winnipeg Basin". The English and French version of this agreement details how the Province and the Federal Government will work together in a cooperative and coordinated effort.
On May 31, 2011, the Province of Manitoba released a report prepared by Dr. Peter Leavitt, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and Society (Department of Biology, University of Regina) and his colleagues Dr. Lynda Bunting and others on the paleolimnology of Lake Winnipeg. The report was commissioned by the province. The report, one part of the research and monitoring underway on Lake Winnipeg through Manitoba Water Stewardship, Environment Canada and others, is a comprehensive report that identifies the historical water quality conditions that most likely existed in the south basin of Lake Winnipeg prior to the early 1800s, how the lake has changed up to the present time, and the likely causes of those changes.
To learn more about Lake Winnipeg, the work underway and what you can do, please try the following links: