and inviting on those rare windless days, Abraham Lake more
often than not is adorned in white caps. It was dammed in 1972
after construction of the Bighorn Dam, a massive earthen / rock
dam built on the North Saskatchewan River. The dam is 90 meters
high and the resulting reservoir at 33 km in length is the longest
man made lake in Alberta and usually shows its best in late
summer and fall when it is filled to the rim. Lake level can
fluctuate 40 meters between low in spring and high in late summer.
Unfortunately, the very interesting information centre at the
base of the dam is closed much of the year. Providing information
about the dam and hydroelectric power station, it has some interesting
displays on David Thompsons early exploration of the area.
Because of high and sudden wind and wave action, unstable shorelines,
submerged rocks and glacier cold waters, Abraham Lake is not
suitable for boating or swimming.
day and overnight canoe trips are available above and below
the lake with Voyageur
Ventures and Wandering
Waters Canoe Tours.