Telephone: 1.306.343.9549

The SSRWSI is a

grassroots, community driven, non-profit organization working within the watershed to implement programs and initiatives that will protect the water resource.

Fish Habitat Project

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2366 Avenue C North
(Norplex Business Centre)
Saskatoon, SK S7L 5X5

Telephone: 1.306.343.9549

Fish Habitat Project

     The SSRWSI is taking the initiative to conduct a 2 year research project to investigate  major tributaries that flow into the South Saskatchewan River. With funding provided by Environment Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund, the purpose of the project is to investigate fish utilization and provide a base knowledge of areas of important fish habitat. The assessments include mapping, photographing and evaluating fish habitat as well as sampling for fish species in specified creeks.


The South Saskatchewan River is home to over 20 species of fish. Protecting their habitat is essential for maintaining healthy populations. The importance of  tributary creeks of the South Saskatchewan River to fish populations in regards to providing fish habitat for spawning, rearing, feeding , or year-round inhabitants is not well documented. This lack of data makes it difficult to monitor fish populations and habitat related issues such as barriers to fish movement, loss of riparian vegetation and stream bank erosion as well as water quality concerns. Identifying areas of important habitats and determining the presence of fish within these tributaries will help us to make informed decisions in habitat protection and prevent changes being made to the creek environment without knowing the negative ecological impact.

Study Area:

The following creeks were sampled during the 2011-2012 Fish Habitat Study:


-Opimihaw Creek

-Red Deer Creek

-Fish Creek

-Brightwater/Beaver Creek

-Snakebite Creek

-Coteau Creek

Fish Habitat Report:

Fish Habitat Study of Tributary Creeks to the South Saskatchewan River

This report documents a fish habitat study of several creeks including Opimihaw, Red Deer, Fish, Coteau, Snakebite and Brightwater/Beaver. The purpose of the study was to derive a sense of fish utilization within the aquatic ecosystem of creeks that flow into the South Saskatchewan River and to provide a base knowledge of areas of important fish habitats.
South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards, 2012


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Tributary Locations Beaver Creek Fish Creek Opimihaw Creek
Snakebite Creek Red Deer Creek Coteau Creek Interactive Map

Interactive Maps
Interactive maps that contain data from the Fish Habitat Project are available to view online or for download to your computer.

Online Download
View an interactive map in ArcGIS Online without having to download ArcReader to your computer.                                                  

This map allows you to:
  • View the areas and specific locations sampled during the 2011/2012 fish habitat study.
  • View important fish habitat areas in relation to specific locations (communities and RM's).
  • View attributes by clicking on a specific feature
  • Explore the map by panning around and zooming in and out.                                                           

For instructions and addtional information please see the Interactive Map User Guide before using the application.

This map may load very slow on some browsers and some layers may not display 


Download a map file to your computer for a faster user experience with more data and features.

This map allows you to:


  • View the areas and specific locations sampled during the 2011/2012 fish habitat study.
  • View important fish habitat areas in relation to specific locations including roads, communities, RM's or particular coordinates.
  • View protected buffer zones (90, 200 and 500 meters around waterbodies).
  • Search for specific features using the "find" tool.
  • View attributes of a specific feature using the "identify" tool
  • Explore the map by panning around and zooming in and out.

ArcReader10 is required to view this map.


Other Resources:


Fish Species of Saskatchewan
The focus of this booklet is primarily on the sportfish of Saskatchewan, but it also includes information about several rough-fish species as well. Descriptions provide information regarding the appearance of fish species as well as habitat preference, spawning and feeding behaviour. This booklet was published by the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority with funds generated from the sale of angling licences and made available through the Fish and Wildlfe Delelopment Fund.

Streambank Stewardship -  A Saskatchewan Riparian Project
This guide has been developed for Saskatchewan landowners who have rivers, streams and creeks flowing through their property. It is designed to provide information and assistance to landowners and others wishing to maintain healthy riparian areas. It will create an awareness of the value and importance of riparian areas, provide useful information and viable management options for landowners and foster sound management and stewardship of these special places. By Denis Huel, Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation, 1998.

Streambank Stewardship Fact Sheets

-What makes a Healthy Riparian Area?
-Farming Along the Stream
-Ranching Along the Stream
-Living on the Edge: Wildlife Along the Stream
-Beaver: Creator or Destroyer?



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