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2017 Board Meetings: 

Saturday May 13, Saturday June 24, Tuesday July 25 - Annual General Meeting, Saturday August 26

All board meetings are held at the Turtle Lake Mission at 10 A.M.  The Public is invited to attend and encouraged to ask questions.

 


Two New Boat Launch Facilities on the West side of Turtle Lake -  posted June 14, 2015

To take pressure off the busy hamlet boat launches on the west side of the lake, the RM of Mervin has constructed a new public boat launch utilizing the road allowance between Powm Beach and the All Seasons Resort Campground.

At All Seasons Resort a new private marina and boat launch was constructed this spring. The project was approved by the Water Security Agency and was constructed under their inspection. (see photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Factors affecting Fish Populations at Turtle, Brightsand and Helene Lakes - Gord Sedgewick - Fisheries Biologist, Ministry of Environment - posted August 19, 2014

At the 2014, Annual General Meeting of the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc., Gord Sedgewick, Fisheries Biologist

with the Ministry of Environment presented and discussed the history and factors affecting fish population at

at number of lakes in the region.  Gord has provided some of the information from his presentation that is

specific to Turtle Lake, Brightsand Lake and Helene Lake. Just click on the lake you are interested in to view

the data.

 

 

 

 


 

Ethical Angling - posted August 29, 2013

Ethical angling, or rules of conduct, is a commitment to becoming a responsible angler and respecting the rights of other anglers. It begins with understanding and obeying the laws and regulations associated with Saskatchewan’s fishery. Saskatchewan has some of the best fishing in North America and it is important that we protect this valuable resource now and for the future.

 Ethical Anglers:

Catch and Release:

When heading out on a fishing adventure, bring along a camera to capture a photo of the prize fish before properly releasing it. If you are practicing catch and release, ensure barbs are properly pinched to reduce unnecessary harm to the fish. While many anglers may assume that practicing catch-and-release has no impact on the fish population, research has shown that fish may experience mortality after being released due to stress or injury. Even with careful handling, delayed mortality of released fish can be as high as 10 percent.  When performed correctly, catch-and-release can be successful with minimal harm to the fish.  The most important steps an angler can take to ensure a successful release are to leave the fish in the water while removing the hook and release the fish quickly.

Regulations

·         Anglers may take and possess one limit of each species of fish. For example, one angler can have both five northern pike and four walleye in his/her possession. The limit includes any fish that are eaten or given away. If an angler caught a limit of walleye and ate 2 that night for supper, he or she could then catch two the following day. Angling limits apply to all sport anglers (Saskatchewan resident, youth, senior, Canadian resident and non-resident).  It  is unlawful to dispose of fish offal in a body of water within 300 meters of a buoyed swimming area or public boat launch. Fish can be cleaned from a boat providing the above regulation is met.    Fish may be kept alive on a stringer; however, it is unlawful to transport any live freshwater fish in Saskatchewan other than leeches, crayfish or aquatic invertebrates. Introduced fish species can seriously harm the ecological balance of established fish communities.

·         Fish can be transported in fillet form providing they are packaged in such a way that they can be readily unwrapped, separated, identified, measured and counted. All dressed fish and fillets must have at least a 2.5cm (1 in.) square patch of skin with scales intact from a portion of the body other than the belly. A person who stores and/or transports fish for another must clearly identify on the package in ink, the name, address and fishing licence number of the owner and the number of fish in the package. If the anglers are seniors, their address and date of birth should be clearly marked on the package.

 Angling Suspensions:

 Ethical anglers understand the need for limits on the number of fish that someone can take. They also support the valuable role that catch and possession limits, and other angling rules play in ensuring that there will be enough fish to reproduce and maintain a healthy fishery. Unfortunately, there are those who blatantly disregard the allowable limits and other important regulations, especially when it comes to over-fishing.   Anglers who are convicted of violating Saskatchewan's Fisheries Act or The Fisheries Regulations may lose their fishing privileges for up to five years.

 Submitted by: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

 

 


Saskatchewan Water Security Agency announces changes to shoreline work & alterations permits requests - posted May 7, 2013

The newly formed Water Security Agency announced changes to the permitting process for shoreline work and alterations.  Request for these permits must now be sent c/o Tara Schweitzer, Water Security Agency tara.schweitzer@wsask.ca or contact her by phone at 306-787-0742. The new provincial agency was created last fall in response to major changes related to the DFO and Navigable Waters legislation.  The agency is comprised primarily of the previous Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and elements of the Ministry of Environment.  Bev Hathaway has been invited to speak at the August 24, 2013 TLWI Board meeting and will be providing information on the roles and responsibilities of this new agency.   Click here for an overview of the Water Security's services & jurisdiction.

 


Automated On-line Hunting, Trapping and Angling System Goes Live April 1- Ministry of Environment New Release March 28, 2013

Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff today demonstrated the new online Hunting, Trapping and Angling Licence (HAL) ordering system by purchasing his 2013-14 angling licence in Regina.

“Saskatchewan boasts some of North America’s best hunting and fishing, enjoyed by residents and guests from around the world,” Cheveldayoff said.  “We’re making it easier for people to access the necessary licenses to enjoy these sports with the introduction of the online system.  An online licensing system not only improves the experience for hunters and anglers who are contributing to our economy, but it allows the Ministry of Environment to better monitor and manage wildlife resources within the province and ensure excellent sport opportunities for generations to come.” 

“The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) recognizes that the new automated system transition will provide valuable opportunities in research and survey collection as well as increased enforcement and compliance measures which will be of great benefit to Saskatchewan’s wildlife resources,” SWF Executive Director Darrell Crabbe said.

On April 1 at 9 a.m., all those looking to purchase an angling licence can access the automated licensing system to establish an account and be assigned a unique HAL identification number.  They will only ever have to register once and then they will be able to purchase all future licences as they become available.

Anglers can purchase their angling licences:

  • online through their personal computer any time;
  • through private issuers, Ministry of Environment and select Provincial Park offices; or
  • by phone at 1-855-848-4773.

For this year, spring bear licences and Wildlife Habitat licences must be purchased from a local licence issuer, Ministry of Environment or select Provincial Park offices.  All remaining licences will be available online in time for the fall hunting season.

Detailed instructions for signing up for a HAL number and how to purchase a licence are available at www.gov.sk.ca/huntingandfishing.

For more information, contact:

Val Nicholson
Environment
Prince Albert
Phone: 306-953-2459
Email: val.nicholson@gov.sk.ca 


Ice Fishing Shack Left in North End of Turtle Lake- posted April 28, 2013

At the April 28, 2013 TLWI Board meeting, Conservation Officer, Colleen Reddekopp reported that an ice fishing shack was still out on the ice. The owner's name and telephone number are not on the shack and Officer Reddekopp is requesting the public as to who the owner might be.  If you know who owns the shack please contact Officer Reddekopp at 306-883-8501 or by email at colleen.reddekopp@gov.sk.ca

 

 


Invasive Species Presentation to TLWI Board - posted September 6, 2012

At the August 25, 2012 TLWI Board Meeting, Tanya Johnston, Aquatic Ecologist with the Ministry of Environment provided a summary presentation of invasive plants and animals that could potentially threaten Turtle Lake.

 Click here to view the full presentation. Invasive Species Presentation - Aug. 25, 2012.


Down stream beaver dams on Turtle Lake outlet removed - posted May 29, 2012

On May 16 the Department of Highways removed a beaver dam under the highway at South Bay and the following day the RM of Mervin removed a beaver dam a few hundred yards further down stream.  The dams, which have been building up and impeding outflow  since late 2009,  were removed on the recommendation of a Joint Committee that was established to monitor water level concerns at Turtle Lake.  The joint committee is comprised of representatives from the Council of the RM of Parkdale, the RM of Mervin and the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority.  The committee met a number of times during the winter and spring; and conducted a field visit with the property lessee.  Their objective was to determine the nature, and degree to which the beaver dams were restricting the outlet and what ongoing threat it represented to the lakeshore and shoreline property. The committee was established as a result of high winter lake levels causing significant shoreline damage in early December 2011, when the freezing ice expanded.  (  see related article -  Joint Committee Established to Monitor and Address Water Level Concerns at Turtle Lake)  As of this posting, the outlet continues to run freely and the lake level is 13 inches above the full supply level established by the weir at South Bay.  Lake level readings are taken weekly by the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc. and are posted on the Water Levels  page of this website.

The Importance of shoreline protection and permit requirements - posted May 15, 2012

Natural shorelines are richly diverse habitats and an integral part of a functioning lake ecosystem.  The abundant aquatic vegetation found there not only provides important habitat for fish and other aquatic species, but also act as erosion control to protect shore land from ice and wave action.  Trees, shrubs and grasses found along a bank also protect the shore land.  When these areas are disturbed by development they cease to provide erosion protection and valuable habitat can be lost.  Many cottage subdivisions now have dedicated reserve land between the lots and the bed of the water body.  These lands provide public access to the water as well as providing an important buffer area between developments and the lake. 

Shorelines are protected by The Environmental Management and Protection Act., 2002. Under this legislation any person planning any work near any water body must contact the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment  to:

Approvals are also required from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for any work in, or near water that may affect fish habitat. All development (including landscaping)  on Municipal reserves, must be approved through the local municipality.  For shore land development permits on Turtle Lake  contact the Ministry of Environment at 236-7557.  If you suspect unauthorized shoreline alterations, or are aware of any circumstances that could threaten the lake and shoreline, you can report it to the Saskatchewan TIPS line at 1-800-667-7567 where your call will be relayed to a Conservation Officer in the local area.  

click here for more information on Lake shore Development and many of the Common Myths


Joint Committee Established to Monitor and Address Water Level Concerns at Turtle Lake


Divide Forest Advisory Council Tours Harvest Operations at Four Mile Creek

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Welcome to the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc. Website.  If you're interested in Turtle  Lake's aquatic eco-system, and more importantly how you can help protect it... this is the website for you.


Our Mission

The maintenance of a healthy aquatic ecosystem within the Turtle Lake watershed basin.


 

Organizational Profile

Since 2004 the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc. (TLWI) has been incorporated as a non-profit corporation with representative membership by the Rural Municipalities, First Nations, Villages and Hamlets throughout the drainage basin.  TWLI’s mission is the maintenance of a healthy aquatic ecosystem within the Turtle Lake watershed basin.

A constitution was adopted and a board of directors elected.  The board meets regularly throughout the year to discuss watershed related issues, dialogues with government regulators and plans initiatives to protect the watershed.  An Annual General Meeting is held every summer where members are invited to ask questions of the Board.  AGM minutes and audited financial statements can be obtained on the resources page of this website. 

The TLWI Board views education and involvement as the most effective tools in ensuring and maintaining water quality and healthy fisheries within the lake.  The Living by Water handbook has been instrumental as a tool to educate and instruct property owners in their role in protecting the aquatic ecosystem.  In July 2005, TLWI sponsored a workshop for cabin owners to come and learn about these principles and methods.  The TLWI provide all new lakeshore property owners with a free copy of this handbook, so that mistakes of the past need not be repeated.    In 2007 the TLWI website www.tlwi.ca  was launched to provide an easily accessible way for both members and the general public to find out about initiatives and reference information.

Since its inception the TLWI has engaged a number of Federal and Provincial agencies responsible for regulating some aspect of the watershed in an effort to better understand the regulations and the responsibilities of these agencies.  These have included the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, the Prairie North Regional Health Association – Community Health Officer and Sask Environment. 

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Contact Information

If you have more questions about the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc.  Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or post.

Telephone
306-845-2985
Postal address
Box 457, Turtleford, Sask. S0M 2Y0