Looking for a place to relax that also offers the opportunity for adventure? Greenwater Lake Provincial Park may be just what you are looking for. Offering a myriad of things to do year-round, this Saskatchewan park will appeal to many, regardless of their particular interests.
The park is located about 15 minutes southwest of Porcupine Plain, and is in the Porcupine Forest. Considered one of the most beautiful Provincial Parks, it includes 20,720 hectares (80 square miles) of area to explore, with rolling hills dotted with spruce and aspen trees.
Greenwater Lake Provincial Park is home to more than 200 species of birds along with a number of different types of wildlife, like fox, otter, moose and elk. Explore the park’s hiking and cross-country ski trails while keeping an eye out for an animal encounter. A swim in the lake will help cool you off after a day of exploring, lounging on the beach or golf on the park’s 18-hole course. There is a lot to do to keep busy in the winter as well; from ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or a ride down toboggan hill.
No matter the time of year, a visit to Greenwater Lake Provincial Park is sure to result in an excellent adventure!
Greenwater Lake Provincial Park is located just 28 km (17.39 miles) from the town of Porcupine Plain. From Porcupine Plain, you can take S-23 N for 9.9 km (6.15 miles). You will then turn left on SK-38 S and continue for 14.3 km (8.8 miles). You will then make a right turn, driving for 3.5 km (2.17 miles) into the park.
Parking is available throughout the park in Greenwater Lake Provincial Park.
Public transportation is not available to Greenwater Lake Provincial Park.
The smallest of the campgrounds at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Aspen Grove Campground offers 12 campsites. Located southeast from the Lakeshore Campground, Aspen Grove has flush toilets along with running water throughout the campground. Right next to a pedestrian and bicycle trail, a shower station will be an easy walk or ride from your home base in the park. The campground can accommodate trailers and RV’s that are up to 18 feet and electric hook-ups are available. Enjoy the solitude of this small campground while being able to quickly access all of the recreation the park has to offer!
Greenwater Lake Provincial Park’s westernmost Campground, Poplar Ridge has 68 campsites and is able to accommodate RV’s and trailers of all sizes. Flush toilets are scattered throughout the campground and there is also a shower facility located between Poplar Ridge Campground and Cranberry Campground. The campground offers electric hook-ups and sewer connections and each site includes a picnic table and a fire pit. Camp out at Poplar Ridge and have a place to relax and take in the scenery after a full day of fun!
Offering 87 sites, Hilltop Campground is located to the east of Cranberry Campground. All sizes of RV’s and trailers can be accommodated at the campground, which offers flush toilets and running water throughout. A shower station is located between Hilltop and Lakeshore Campgrounds, ensuring that cleaning up is easy after a long day of adventure. A playground is located at the northern part of the campground and all sites include a BBQ and a picnic table. You can enjoy easy access to the many recreation activities from a site within Hilltop Campground!
Lakeshore Campground has 36 campsites and offers electrical hook-ups for campers. The campground is able to accommodate RV’s and trailers of all sizes, making it a good option for campers regardless of what equipment they have with them. Lakeshore Campground offers campsites that are on the lake, offering beautiful views and easy recreation access. Campsites include a BBQ and a picnic table and the campground offers flush toilets that are accessible and free showers. The campground makes an excellent home base for your trip to Greenwater Lake Provincial Park!
With 49 sites, Cranberry Campground is located to the east of Poplar Ridge Campground in Greenwater Lake Provincial Park. Flush toilets and running water are available throughout the campground and a shower station is located at the western part of the campground next to Poplar Ridge. Electric hook-ups are available and the campground can accommodate RV’s and trailers of all sizes. Picnic tables and BBQ’s can be found at all campsites and you will have easy access to the lakeshore from your campsite!
A great way to spend time when visiting Greenwater Lake Provincial Park is to go for a hike. With more than 125 km of trails, the park has a hike for everyone, regardless of their ability. More than 25 km of trails are for intermediate level cross-country skiing, however during the spring, summer and fall these are available to hikers. The same goes regarding the 100 km of snowmobile trails. There is even a birding trail for those hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the many species that call the park home. There is plenty to explore on foot in the park so make sure to bring your hiking boots!
Greenwater Lake Provincial Park is a perfect place to go fishing, offering a full tackle shop where you can choose from a huge selection of live bait before you cast a line into the water. Fish for northern pike, walleye and perch while you enjoy your gorgeous surroundings and rejuvenate your spirit. A fish cleaning facility is also available within the park, so that you can get your catch ready for a tasty dinner!
There are multiple ways to enjoy spending time in the water at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park. Swimming is a great way to cool off, particularly after a hike or some time lounging on the lake’s beach. Boating is also popular at the park. There is a sheltered marina on the lake that offers rentals, including paddleboats, aqua bikes, canoes, fishing boats and pontoon boats. A boat launch is available at the lake as well so that you can be out on the water in whatever vessel you choose. Particularly during the warmer weather, you will really appreciate the easy access to the lake that the park offers.
Looking for a good workout while you are exploring the wilderness of Greenwater Lake Provincial Park during the winter? Cross country skiing may be just the thing to do during your visit. The park includes more than 30 km of cross country ski trails for you to explore. Bring your skis along and dress in layers; your body temperature will increase along with your exertion as you work your way along the trails through the park’s rolling hills. Make sure to keep your eyes open; not only is the lake a beautiful sight, but you may just encounter some wildlife. Elk, deer, bear and moose can all be found in the park.
If you are looking to spend time at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park in the cooler weather months, consider embarking on a snowmobiling adventure in the park. There are three separate trail systems that lead into the Greenwater Lake/Porcupine Plain area, with the park itself offering 100km of groomed trails that connect to Route 66, which is part of the cross-Canada snowmobile trail. This means that you will have no problem exploring the park during your visit in the winter months, where you can take in the peace and solitude of the park, while engaging in a recreation activity that will keep your adrenaline pumping.
As the temperature drops, Greenwater Lake will freeze. And guess what that means? The perfect opportunity to do some ice skating while visiting the park! Take advantage of the opportunity to ice skate in a natural (and gorgeous) setting. Dress warm, preferably in layers as you will warm up as you exert effort on the rink and bring a thermos filled with a warm beverage or some soup to help keep toasty warm. The experience will more than make up for the cold weather!