Getting Around Lake Diefenbaker
Lake Diefenbaker is 225 km long with 800 km of shoreline. It encompasses dozens of communities, highways and attractions. When you’re planning your trip, we suggest you plan a drive to take it all in. If this is your first trip to the lake, its size might surprise you.
There are two ways to get across Lake Diefenbaker and it’s worth noting where to find them.
You can take the ferry that travels between the Village of Lucky Lake on the west side and the Village of Riverhurst on the east side. The Riverhurst Ferry is cable operated and the largest ferry in Saskatchewan. It’s part of the provincial highway system and is how Highway 42 crosses Lake Diefenbaker. The ferry is free of tolls and operates 24 hours a day, with an hourly crossing departing from the east bank on the hour and the west bank on the half-hour. The ferry operates during the ice-free season; during the winter months the Ministry of Highways maintains an ice road across the lake.
There are periods during freeze up and thaw when the ice road will be impassable and the ferry will not be operating. The ice road itself will only be open if the thickness of the ice is within safety margins.
Visitors are advised to call the Highway Hotline (1-888-335-7623) for up to the minute information before planning to cross the ice.