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Location Canada, Saskatchewan
Central coordinates 103o 29.43' West  53o 36.06' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 71,000 ha
Altitude 1,025 - 1,050m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Tobin Lake is an artificial lake created in the 1960s, as a result of the construction of the E.B. Campbell Dam across the North Saskatchewan River. The lake is approximately 50 km long and 1 to 15 km wide. The resort community of Tobin Lake is located on the southern shore, and extensive marshes occur along the western shore. The Saskatchewan River enters the western end of Tobin Lake and flows out of the eastern end below the E.B. Campbell Dam.

Key Biodiversity During the fall migration, about 2,000 Tundra Swans have been recorded at this site along with about 2,500 during the spring migration. These respective totals represent about 2.3 and 2.9% of the estimated eastern Tundra Swan population and about 1% of the total North American population. In addition to Tundra Swans, concentrations of non-breeding American White Pelicans (> 1,000 birds) have also been recorded at Tobin Lake. Other birds recorded at this site during the summer months include Bonaparte's Gull (200 500) and Ring-billed Gull (over 2,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1981  2,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Donlands Community Pasture 3,602 protected area overlaps with site 340  
Maurice Street Protected Area 79 protected area contained by site 150  
Squaw Rapids Game Preserve 3,040 protected area contained by site 1,000  
Tobin Lake - Fascination Pt Recreation Site 67 protected area contained by site 68  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate mixed woods  3%
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools; Freshwater marshes/swamps  97%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research minor
tourism/recreation major
urban/industrial/transport major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tobin Lake. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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