Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Duck Mountain Provincial Park

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Things To Do

Winter Recreation

Duck Mountain is truly a four season destination, from the warm sun and sand in the summer, to excellent winter fun including cross country skiing, ice fishing and more.  And, Duck Mountain Resort, located off highway #57, nestled in the heart of Duck Mountain near Ministik Beach, is open year round.

Snowmobile Trails

Duck Mountain Provincial Park is Saskatchewan’s finest winter recreation destination.  We welcome you to a powder-white paradise, with clean, crisp air and peaceful surroundings.  Several landscapes within the park set the stage for many different winter activities; snowmobiling remains one of the most popular.  Please read the rules and regulations for snowmobiling in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.  For information on snowmobiling in Saskatchewan, visit the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association website.

Duck Mountain offers nearly 70 km of expertly groomed and signed snowmobile trails that take you through very picturesque winter scenery.  Stop at one of the two big trail shelters, start a fire in the wood stove, and eat a quick lunch before you to return to the great outdoors.  An additional warm-up shelter has been added near Bear Head Lake.  There are 65 square miles in the park north of Highway 57 that have been designated for snowmobiling.

Madge Lake is the heart of Duck Mountain Provincial Park and is home to many big snowmobiling events.  In March 2004, two local boys set a new Guinness World Record for the most miles traveled on a snowmobile: an astonishing 2,041 miles in 24 hours.

Duck Mountain Lodge and the Kamsack Snow Drifters co-sponsor one of the province's biggest Poker Derby and Drag race events of the year.  This event occurs every year in January.

We encourage you to experience the snowmobiling at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, but please follow the rules and regulations to ensure all park users are safe. Snowmobiles are not allowed south of Highway 57, nor on the toboggan hill, skating rink, golf course or cross-country ski trails.

Cross-country Ski Trails

Duck Mountain Provincial Park has over 60 km of some of the best cross-country ski trails in the province.  These trails are groomed and track set to perfection for both classical style skiing, and skating style.  Winding through the boreal forest our trails have something for every level of skier, from the beginner, right up to the most experienced skier, including every level in between.

Six unique trail shelters located strategically along the trails not only offer safety and shelter, but also allow you a glimpse into the beauty of nature.  Feed the birds, cook your lunch on the woodstove, or sit back, rest and discover a whole new winter wonderland. 

Skating Rink

Visit the outdoor rink located on the Ministik beach parking lot.  The shelter includes a woodstove to warm up, bring some hot chocolate and a picnic lunch to enjoy with great company in a picturesque location.  The rink is located under a streetlight so evening skates are plenty of fun too.

Toboggan Hill

The toboggan hill is located in the same area as the skating rink and they share the same warm-up shelter.  This is tons of winter fun for kids big and small and great exercise for the parents pulling the sleigh back up the hill.  Please remember that Snowmobiles are not allowed on this hill.

Duck Mountain Ski Area

Duck Mountain Provincial Park is home to Duck Mountain Ski Area.  This facility welcomes all levels of skiers and snow boarders.  Featuring a vertical drop of 325 feet and 35 ski able acres, with 21 groomed runs, this hill has something for everyone.  The area has a lift handle tows and two T-Bars.  This area is open weekends; for more information go to:  http://www.kamsackskiclub.ca/.

Water Recreation

Madge Lake, located within the park, offers lots of choices for the water lover.  From swimming to fishing, this lake has it all.

Swimming

  • Pickerel Point Beach is located in Pickerel Point Campground and has golden tan sand, a grassed area above the sand and a playground with new equipment near by.  Concessions are nearby for a nice cool treat on a hot summer day!  Interpretive programs take place on the beach - watch for posters throughout the park.  Bring a camera; many picture perfect opportunities happen at Pickerel Point Beach.
     
  • Duck Mountain Lodge has an indoor swimming pool and a hot tub.  Great for any time of the year!  Call (306) 542-3466 for more information.
     
  • Ministik Beach has a gradual decline heading toward the crystal clear water.  Fine tan sand make it great for sandcastle building or sun tanning.  It has a large grassed area just above the sand and the playground is adjacent to the grassed area.  There is a net set up ready to play a competitive game of Beach Volley Ball.  This beach makes a great place for a picnic with friends and family, or a place to relax with a great book!

Fishing

Lakes and Ponds are common features of Duck Mountain's Landscape.  They provide vital habitat for a great diversity of wildlife, both in and out of water.  Madge Lake is by far the largest body of water in the park.  It's thriving population of perch, northern pike, and walleye make for great fishing year round.

  • Madge Lake offers Walleye, Pike, Perch to the fishing enthusiast.  This is the main lake at the park and many people have fished here for generations.  Many big fish have been taken out of the lake.  Check out the 31.9 pound Jack Fish that is hanging in the Administration office.
     
  • Jackfish Lake offers Yellow Perch for the fishing enthusiast.  There is no power motors or motorized boats allowed in the lake.  This lake was first stocked with walleye fry in 1949.  Stocking was reduced after this time until 1985, when an aeration system was installed as a fish enhancement project with the Kamsack Fish and Game Branch of Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.  Since 1985, the lake has been stocked with a variety of trout species including rainbow, tiger, brook and brown, with stocking occurring on an annual basis.  The lake was last stocked in 1992 when 3,300 brown trout fingerlings, 2,800 brook trout fingerlings, and 6,000 rainbow trout fingerlings were planted.  The lake is subject to heavy fishing pressure, and has provided anglers with a good trout fishery.  The Saskatchewan record tiger trout, at 8 lb 14 oz, was angled from this lake in 2000.
     
  • Batka Lake offers Perch, Pike and Walleye to the fishing enthusiast.  Batka has a day-use area located at the lake, so pack a picnic lunch and have a relaxing day at a very quiet part of the park.

Boat Launch

Four Boat Launches are available in the park.  Pickerel Point Boat Launch is located in the Pickerel Point Campground.  Jubilee, boat launch is located in the subdivision.  The Marina Boat Launch is located between Midway and Kamsack Subdivision.  The launch can be accessed from Kamsack Subdivision.  Batka Lake boat launch is located at Batka Lake near the camp kitchen.

Bicycling

This trail starts at the Recreation Hall and takes you on a three-mile paved trail to Pickerel Point Campground.  The winding trail takes you through a mature forest of the many different kinds of trees, and shrubs that we have in the park.  A wide variety of wildlife can be seen along the way, so make sure to bring your camera and binoculars.  This trail is a favourite for bird watchers.  Park visitors also hike this trail so take extra care when biking.

Golfing

Madge Lake Golf Resort is a grass green 18-hole golf course, complete with cart and club rentals.  It offers a licensed clubhouse and is located along highway #57 in the heart of Duck Mountain Provincial Park.  This challenging course is surrounded by a mature forest of spruce, poplar and birch.  Phone:  (306) 542-3485.

Mini-Golf

This facility is located next to the service station and offers hours of fun for all ages of golfers.  Phone:  (306) 542-4361.

Tennis Courts

Duck Mountain has tennis courts located just east of the ball diamond.  Tennis rackets and balls are not provided so bring your own and have fun.  Park visitors cannot reserve the tennis courts as they are first come first serve basis. 

Horse Back Riding

Experience Saskatchean's Old Forest and a variety of wildlife along the trails at Madge Lake Riding Stables.

Madge Lake Riding Stables offers hourly, guided rides for people ages 10 and older. There are also pony rides available for children under 10 and children's rodeos! Wagon rides offer a fun experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Horeseback riding offers a memorable eperience to cherish for years to come and is a great way to be out in the wilderness and learn new skills.

Both beginner and experienced riders are welcome. Madge Lake Riding Stables also accepts group bookings, which are perfect for birthday parties, school groups and family events.

Phone (306) 542-3148 for more information or to book.

Nature/Hiking Trails

Covered in lush forests, Duck Mountain stands out from the surrounding landscapes.  Out of place on the prairie, the park is actually on the southern edge of Saskatchewan's boreal forest region.  Temperature, Precipitation and seasons on Duck Mountain upland are similar to conditions found further north.  Mountain maple and nodding trillium are found in the park although they are found typically to the South and East.

Duck Mountain is home to elk, Whitetail deer, moose, wolves, bear, beaver, marten and red squirrel.  More than 180 bird species make use of the park, as well as a vast number of insects, including 90 different kinds of butterflies!  Nine species of fish are found in the lakes, four species of amphibians rely on the wetlands, and two kinds of reptiles live in the area.

Woodland Nature Trail

Offering a very scenic tour for bikers and hikers, this 2 km trail runs between the campground and the Ministik beach core area.  This is a great trail for bird watchers and enthusiasts of both flora and fauna with some spectacular views of the lake along the way.

Pelly Point Trail

A beautiful 4.4-km trail takes you through some of the parks most beautiful and varied scenery.  Pelly Point will take you through some of the most beautiful ecosystems in the park including old growth balsam fir, large aspen with maple understory and fern meadows.  This hike takes approximately three hours to walk and offers a challenging wilderness hike for the serious nature enthusiast.  Don't worry, though, there are washrooms and a rest point halfway down the trail.

Trans Canada Trail

The southern link of the Trans Canada Trail arrives in Saskatchewan from Manitoba through Duck Mountain Provincial Park.  This trail winds its way across the entire park providing trail goers with a off the beaten path view of the park.

Interpretive Programs

The enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff at Duck Mountain has a long list of fun and educating programs for all ages.  The combination of evening programs (including campfires, night hikes and amphitheatre performances), guest presenters (like Saskatchewan Express and Peter Puffin) and interesting children’s programs and nature crafts are sure to offer something to everyone.  During the summer months, you can pick up a program calendar that lists all programs held in July and August.

We are very proud of the quality of Interpretive programming offered at Duck Mountain Provincial Park.  These programs are great for children, parents, families, park patrons, and cottagers.  We encourage you to take part in the quality programming offered in the park.