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The lake has an area of 16 ½ square miles (3 x 5 miles wide). Most of the lake is shallow with a maximum depth of approximately 50 feet. The lake is enhanced by several islands which afford excellent protection for uninterrupted fishing should windy conditions occur during your stay. Island Lake is open from Spring Break up to fall freeze-up (roughly May 24 to Sept. 30).


Gardiner Lake (a registered trophy lake) is easily accessible by a 15 minute portage (on a daily basis at no extra charge).


This map was developed by a guest to Island Lake Lodge Brian M. of Fair Oaks, California. Click on the map to view a larger, printable version in black and white or you may wish to print out a copy of Brian's colour version.


Catch & Release Program

Island Lake Lodge supports the "Catch and Release" program. We value your judgement and request your support in the catch and release program. Help us preserve the trophy fishing you now enjoy for your grandchildren. Anglers must now use only barbless hooks to catch fish in Alberta which is part of the province’s plan to improve Alberta’s fisheries. The regulation that came into effect on April 1, 2004 will help ensure that the maximum number of released fish survives.


Walleye over 5 lbs. and Northern Pike over 10 lbs. must be released. If you want a mount for your wall you can get a graphite replica made. Just measure the length and girth of the fish, photograph it, and release it gently into the water.


Besides Fishing?

For those who just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life - bird watchers can enjoy the many species of birds, i.e.: pelicans at the Island Lake Pelican Sanctuary, loons, ducks, geese, and American Bald Eagles. Explore the tiny islands with abandoned trappers cabins. Hike from Island Lake to Gardiner Lake or take a colorful trip down the Sand River to Gardiner Lake and enjoy peace and serenity in a stress-free environment. Take a boat-ride around the lake and catch the antics of frolicking otters, mother ducks with their brood, and the ever-industrious beavers. If lucky, you may spot a cow moose with her calves swimming from island to island.


Also, join us for our Spring and Fall Bear Hunt in May and September. Moose hunting is offered in the fall (approximately September 15). Please book early as we only take one group of hunters at a time.

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