Lake-Use Patterns in Prairie Lakes and Resulting Management Implications
communities and provide economic benefits to the whole province. A SK lake-use and
management survey was conducted in July and August 2013 to obtain demographic, resource
use, knowledge of aquatic systems and resource management information from lake users.
200 surveys were distributed and 65 were returned for a return rate of 32.5%. We feel that
this moderate sample size is adequate because the data will ultimately be utilized to develop
a management framework on a local scale. Recreational fishing was the most popular activity
followed closely by swimming, and walleye (Sander vitreus) was the most desired fish for
recreational fishers. Stakeholder concerns regarding lakes and water resources in general
included urbanization, animal husbandry, agriculture, overfishing and climate change. 60% of
survey respondents expressed interest in participating in a citizen-based lake-monitoring program
as well as providing input on lake management. Outreach, education and local monitoring efforts
will focus on engaging these stakeholders. In conjunction with a whole-lake biological study
(conducted from 2007-2013) the stakeholder survey results will be used to develop an adaptive
management framework specific for these lakes and the prairie region in general.