Riverhurst Crossing is an ice road constructed each year at Riverhurst and allowing vehicles to cross Lake Diefenbaker, a reservoir and bifurcation lake in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada. The speed limit is 50 km/h, and the maximum load is 10.000 Lbs.
Lake Diefenbaker was formed by the construction of Gardiner Dam and the Qu'Appelle River Dam across the South Saskatchewan and Qu'Appelle Rivers respectively. The majority of the Canadian ice roads are located in northern Saskatchewan. The only major exception is the Riverhurst Crossing, an ice road constructed each year at Riverhurst and allowing vehicles to cross Lake Diefenbaker. Lake Diefenbaker is huge, and the area that surrounds it encompasses dozens of communities, highways and attractions. When you’re planning your trip we really do 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 differents 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.
Driving on a public winter or ice road or ice crossing when it is closed or before its official opening is a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, with a significant fine. 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 for up to the minute information before planning to cross. (1-888-335-7623). For your safety and your pocketbook, remain off all roads and crossings on the winter road system unless they are officially open to your class of vehicle.
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