Makwa Lake

Makwa Lake is a huge (7,913 acre) recreational lake located just north and west of the Village of Loon Lake.

There are two First Nations, two provincial parks and two communities on the Lake.

The last battle of the North-West Resistance was fought at Steele Narrows on the lake. The site is now Steele Narrows Provincial Park.

It was last stocked in 2023 with 500,000 Walleye Fry.

Loon Lake and Pine Cove are accessible from Highway 26 running along the eastern shore. The central part of Makwa Provincial Park and and Steele Narrows Provincial Park are accessible from Highway 699 which follows the southern shore of the lake.

The lake water levels on Makwa, Upper Makwa, Jumbo and Little Jumbo are controlled by a small dam managed by the Water Security Agency at the northeastern corner of the lake.

This lake has been personally visited by myself, Matthew Siemens.

Provincial Park Boat Launch
Stocked Fish Northern Pike Yellow Perch Walleye Lake Whitefish Burbot
Boundary on map.


Fishing Zone: Southern Zone
Parks: Steele Narrows Provincial Park,Makwa Lake Provincial Park
Community: Loon Lake
Location: 54.05861745732133, -109.26018416635462
Shore Length: 68km
Surface Area: 7913 acres
Max Depth: 27.5 m (90 ft)
Inflows: Ministikwan Creek
Outflows: Makwa River

About this page

Hi, this is Matthew Siemens. I wrote and compiled the data on this page from a variety of sources. Sources include government websites and data sources, public websites, personal experience, and user-submitted information. References for this page.

No AI is used to generate content anywhere on this site.

Discussion and Ratings



Visited by Matthew Siemens
Visited Steele Provincial Park and a few spots in Mawka Provincial Park on Makwa Lake.
Comment from Matthew Siemens
Ice is off the lake!

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Fishing at Makwa Lake

Makwa Lake is in the southern fishing zone.

What fish are in Makwa Lake

Burbot, Cisco, Lake Whitefish, Northern Pike, Walleye, White Sucker and Yellow Perch can be found in Makwa Lake.

Learn all about fishing in Saskatchewan here.

Fishing Season

Fishing season on Makwa Lake is open from May 5, 2024 to March 31, 2025.

Fishing Limits for Makwa Lake

These are the limits for all fish species reported to be in Makwa Lake. All fishing limits for Saskatchewan.
Species Limit
Burbot Limit 8
Lake Whitefish Limit 8
Northern Pike Limit 5, only one may exceed 75 cm
Yellow Perch Limit 25
Walleye/Sauger/Saugeye Limit 4, only one may exceed 55 cm (Limit 3, Only 1 Over 55 Cm (Combined limit for Upper Makwa Lake, Makwa Lake, and Jumbo Lake))

Record of fish stocked in Makwa Lake

Stocked with 500,000 Walleye Fry in 2023.
Stocked with 1,150,000 Walleye Fry in 2019.
Stocked with 550,000 Walleye Fry in 2017.
Stocked with 450,000 Walleye Fry in 2016.

Camping at Makwa Lake

Although there are no public campgrounds here at Makwa Lake there are hundreds of campsites available in the Makwa Lake Provincial Park just a short distance away on Jumbo Lake

Beaches at Makwa Lake

I don't have any beaches reported for this lake. Let me know if I'm missing one!

Communities near Makwa Lake

There are 1 communities near Makwa Lake.

Bathymetric (Depth) Charts for Makwa Lake

Steele Narrows Provincial Park

Makwa Lake Provincial Park

Makwa Lake Provincial Park is located at Makwa Lake.

Phone: 306-837-2410

Email: [email protected]

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Thunderchild First Nation 115S

Makwa Lake 129B

Makwa Lake 129B is located at Makwa Lake.

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Thunderchild First Nation 115Z

Thunderchild First Nation 115Z is located at Makwa Lake.

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Loon Lake

Makwa Lake Control

Originally a timber dam built in 1965. This concrete dam was rebuilt in 2010. A fish ladder was added at the same time. It regulates the water level on Makwa, Upper Makwa, Jumbo, and Little Jumbo Lakes. There is a parking lot beside the dam just off Highway 26.

There is a spot for launching a canoe or small boat from the parking lot beside the dam. See photo.

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Steele Narrows Boat Launch

Concrete boat launch with boat launch. Fish filleting shack, outhouse and large parking lot.

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Makwa Lake Boat Launch

Concrete boat launch with dock. No fish cleaning facilities, and fairly limited parking.

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Pine Cove Boat Launch

Pay for use concrete boat launch with dock.

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Pine Cove Resort

Resort with titled lots, seasonal campsites, and an inland marina.

Phone: 306-837-7786

Email: [email protected]

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