Taking a break and getting away to the lake is just one of those things that always feels great. Whether you’re looking for a shot of adrenaline on a pair of water-skis a wakeboard, or a relaxing toe-dipping day on the beach you’re going to find that Lake Diefenbaker has all the qualities to make for a perfect lake vacation. It’s a very big lake with almost 800km of shoreline and there’s a lot to see and do both on and off the water.



Covering an area of 6,000 wetland acres and 800 upland acres, the Luck Lake Heritage Marsh provides excellent opportunities to view wildlife. Over the years more than 200 species of migratory birds and 35 species of butterflies have been observed in the area, along with numerous other bird and animal species.

There are four key points of access to the area. The west dyke, which bisects the main wetland, can be accessed from the north by travelling 9.6km west of the hamlet of Birsay on Grid Road 646 and 1.5km south to the dyke. Please note that northern access is restricted between early August and the end of harvest to allow for the operation of the waterfowl feeding pad.

To access the west dyke from the south, travel 7.4km southwest of Birsay on Highway 45 to the former Tullis town site. Continue 2.4km west along the seasonal road, and another 2km northwest to the dyke road, where a display map and dedication site is located.

To access the eastern-most basin of the marsh, travel 4.8km west of Birsay and 2km south. You may also access the other side of the eastern dike by continuing another 2km around the eastern edge of the marsh.

The best time to view prairie waterfowl species is between mid-April and early June. Migrating shorebirds are common between mid-May and early June and again from mid-July to mid-August. The peak time to see large numbers of snow geese, sandhill cranes, tundra swans, and other migratory birds is between early September and mid-October.


  • LUCKY LAKE CAMPGROUND: This is located in the Village of Lucky Lake and there are full service sites. Please visit the Visitors > Accommodations page on this site for more information.

  • HITCHCOCK BAY: Situated on the west side of Lake Diefenbaker north east of Lucky Lake, this campground is within walking distance to the boat launch. Sites are well treed and serviced.

  • PALLISER REGIONAL PARK: Located near Riverhurst on  Lake Diefenbaker, this campground is well treed with serviced lots and attractions within walking distance.

  • DANIELSON PROVINCIAL PARK: This park is located on the east side of Lake Diefenbaker, just south of Gardiner Dam. It has many trees for privacy and shelter and has serviced lots as well.

  • DOUGLAS PROVINCIAL PARK: Located south of Elbow on the east side of Lake Diefenbaker this park offers numerous nature activities, trails and well treed areas to camp.
  • PRAIRIE LAKE REGIONAL PARK: This park is located south of Beechy on Lake Diefenbaker. Lots are well treed and serviced with local attractions within walking distance.



Lucky Lake is home to an abundant population of geese, partridge, and grouse and in the past has had the largest duck population in the continent. This area boasts some of North America’s most populated wildlife and waterfowl species. With this area providing exceptional hunting each year, you can expect to leave the area feeling satisfied. Besides hunting waterfowl, Lucky Lake and area provides an excellent opportunity for hunting mule deer, moose and whitetail deer. Check out all of these opportunities in our area!


Riverhurst Ferry is a popular attraction among many traveling to the area. This ferry runs 24 hours a 7 days a week and is the highway for numerous people who travel across the lake for work, farming, recreation, as well as travellers going through the area. This busy ferry is full most summers, trying to keep up with the ever growing tourism in the area. In late fall the ferry shuts down as the lake begins to freeze over. Once the ice reaches a certain thickness, Lake Diefenbaker (and this spot especially) becomes an ice road. Check the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline for the status of the ice road during the winter months.  


SAGEVIEW: This is beautiful golf course with grass greens, groomed regularly. Enjoy an afternoon along the shores of lake Diefenbaker, afterwards enjoy supper and refreshments at the beautiful Palliser Park Clubhouse! Visit Sageview

RIVERVIEW: Located on the shore of  the South Saskatchewan River in Outlook Saskatchewan, sits the 9 hole Riverview Golf Course. The grass greens are groomed regularly. Visit Riverview

HARBOR GOLF CLUB: Feast your eyes on the panoramic view of miles of sandy beaches, the lake, the sailboats and  our spectacular golf course! Visit Harbor Golf Club


Prairie Lake Vacations (formerly Sask River Tours) in the past has offered houseboat rentals and day excursions on Lake Diefenbaker. The Betty Lou Guided River Cruises have also been popular. While the status of this service is currently unknown, if you are able to enjoy a ride please share your experience with others!


Sandy Shores Resort is located 1.5km west of Gardiner Dam and surrounded by Danielson Provincial Park. In 2022 the resort opened its own marina complete with powered slips and fuel.

Sandy Shores Resort has titled, serviced lots for sale, along with a park, playground and shoreline trails.