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Gleniffer Lake

Gleniffer Lake
Gleniffer Lake is located in Alberta
Gleniffer Lake
Gleniffer Lake
LocationRed Deer County, Alberta
Coordinates52°01′35″N 114°16′13″W / 52.02639°N 114.27028°W / 52.02639; -114.27028 (Gleniffer Lake)
Primary inflowsRed Deer River
Primary outflowsRed Deer River
Catchment area5,610 km2 (2,170 sq mi)
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length7 km (4.3 mi)
Max. width2 km (1.2 mi)
Surface area17.6 km2 (6.8 sq mi)[1]
Average depth11.6 m (38 ft)
Max. depth33 m (108 ft)
Surface elevation945 m (3,100 ft)

Gleniffer Lake also known as Gleniffer Reservoir or originally Lake Gleniffer [2] is an artificial lake in central Alberta, Canada created in 1983 [1] by the construction of the Dickson Dam which impounded the Red Deer River, a major tributary of the South Saskatchewan River which flows into the Saskatchewan River Basin.[3]

It lies at an elevation of 945 metres (3,100 ft), and is approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. The lake is south of Highway 54 and east of the Cowboy Trail, 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of Innisfail, Alberta and 36 kilometres (22 mi) east of Caroline.

The lake has a surface of 17.6 square kilometres (6.8 sq mi), and a watershed of 5,610 square kilometres (2,170 sq mi). It has an average depth of 11.6 metres (38 ft), and reaches a maximum of 33 metres (108 ft).[1]

Gleniffer Lake has day-use areas, cottages, a campground and resort developments including Carefree Resort and Gleniffer Lake Resort.[4]

The lake reservoir is a source of drinking water for the surrounding area.

Dickson Dam

Dickson Dam regulates the flow of the Red Deer River to control for floods and low winter flows, to improve quality of the river, to create a recreational resource and to provide a reliable, year-round water supply sufficient for future industrial, regional and municipal growth.[3]

Gleniffer Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area

Gleniffer Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area (PRA) is a recreational area with a beach, various fishing areas, boating, camping and resorts. In the summer of 2009, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation consolidated six provincial recreation areas at Dickson Dam and around Gleniffer Lake (Dickson Dam–Cottonwood PRA, Dickson Dam–Dickson Point PRA, Dickson Dam–North Dyke PRA, Dickson Dam–South Dyke PRA, Dickson Dam–North Valley PRA, Dickson Dam–South Valley PRA) into one provincial recreation area renamed Gleniffer Reservoir PRA.[5] Motorboating, waterskiing, swimming, and sailboarding are allowed. There are rainbow trout in a trout pond.[6] Pike, Walleye, Rockies, and Brown Trout are also found nearby.[7] Gleniffer Reservoir PRA has trout ponds including one at Dickson Point which is popular for ice fishing.[2]

Environmental concerns

Pipeline leaks

Increased water flow of the Red Deer River system during heavy rainfall in June 2008 eroded supporting soil, freely exposing a section of Pembina Pipeline Corporation's Cremona crude oil pipeline to the Red Deer River currents. About 75 to 125 barrels (11.9 to 19.9 m3) of crude oil flowed upstream from the breakpoint under a Red Deer River channel, leaving an oily sheen on Gleniffer Reservoir and 6,800 kilograms (15,000 lb) of oil-soaked debris.[8][9] The remediation was completed in 2011.[10]

Rangeland pipeline incident

Heavy rains in early June 2012 caused a similar but larger leak on a Plains Midstream Canada 46-year-old pipeline at Jackson Creek which spilled between 1,000 and 3,000 barrels (160 and 480 m3) of light sour crude into the Red Deer River.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c University of Alberta - Atlas of Alberta Lakes. "Gleniffer Lake". Archived from the original on 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  2. ^ a b "Gleniffer Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area". Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-06-17.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Gleniffer Lake". Lakes of the Atlas. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Alberta, Government of. "Header and Footer". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Town of Bowden Alberta - Tourist Information - Visitor Information - Bowden Campgrounds - Red Lodge Guest Ranch - Bowden Daze - Pioneer Museum - Bowden Sunmaze". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. ^ "爪水虫の飲み薬の投薬上の注意 - 感染した水虫を絶対に治す!". 10 July 2017. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ Brian Temple; Doug Buechler; Dave Grzyb; Murray Barber; Jenny Miller; Phil Hendy; Mike Bevan (February 11, 2009). ERCB Investigation Report: Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Crude Oil Pipeline Failure, June 15, 2008 (.pdf) (Report). Energy Resources Conservation Board. Retrieved 2012-06-16. The pipeline, leased to Pembina, was built in 1959.
  9. ^ "Oil leaks into popular Alberta lake: Company previously fined in B.C. for pipeline rupture, spill in 2000". CBC. June 6, 2008. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  10. ^ a b Bob Weber (June 14, 2012). "Alberta pressured to include leaks in environmental monitoring plan". Financial Post. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  11. ^ Stephen Ewart (June 16, 2012). "Ewart: Calls growing for probe of aging pipeline system: Recent spills highlight ongoing risk". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  12. ^ "Plains Midstream Canada". Plains Midstream Canada. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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