There's plenty of activity throughout Saskatchewan in the summer months. Jeff Lorch, general manager of Performance Marine in Regina, explains why.
“People want to make the most out of their summer months," said Lorch, "because typically the summer season is a short one.”
Lorch’s teenage sons Brendon and Michael love spending time on the water with their dad. Wake surfing and wake boarding are among their favourite activities. Pontoon boats complete with barbecues, diving platforms and awesome stereo systems make a day cruising in the sun fun for all. Many Saskatchewan families love to set anchor in the middle of a prairie lake to create their own private oasis for swimming and sunning.
Last Mountain Lake is the largest naturally occurring body of water in southern Saskatchewan, with several resort communities located on its shores. Grandview Beach, Eldora Beach, Regina Beach, Saskatchewan Beach and Arlington Beach are some of the wonderful little communities that offer much in the way of recreation and amenities. For those who enjoy the powersports aspect of marine recreation, there's water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing and all round awesome power boating on this warm lake.
There are avid fishermen in Saskatchewan and fishing derbies happening almost every weekend. Northern pike, walleye, rock bass and trout are the species most sought after in prairie waters.
Starting off the derby season is the Lake Diefenbaker Walleye Classic, May 24 and 25, 2014. This two day catch and release tournament is one of the most popular, drawing up to 150 teams. Next is the Nipawin Pike Festival on Tobin Lake June 1 and 2, 2014. Then Last Mountain Lake, 40 kilometres northwest of Regina, hosts the Regina Beach Lions Walleye Classic June 7 and 8, 2014. The first place cash prize is $10,000, but only 100 entries are accepted.
For a complete list of fishing derbies, visit fishing-in-saskatchewan.
Play in the dirt
If water play isn’t your style, there's plenty of dirt biking throughout the province. Many motocross races, both for points and not, occur most every weekend. One of the most popular is the Swift Current motocross race, held this year on May 4 with a newly designed track. Riders including winning racer Chad Greziuk, 29, are eager to compete.
"Pulling up to the motocross track, it’s almost like you’re pulling into a campground," said Greziuk. "RVs and tents everywhere, fires and music. It’s like being at a lake, except the lake is a gnarly motocross track."
Fairly new to the motocross scene, Greziuk bought his first bike in 2009. In 2010 he started riding the Yorkton track, then competed in his first race in Regina in 2011. He ended up bringing home a first place finish in the beginners class.
The Weyburn track is by far his favourite, with a varied terrain of hard pack, sand, huge uphill and downhill jumps and big berms, making the track challenging and exciting.
On June 8 Greziuk will be competing in the Lloyminster race, which has him a bit on edge. It’s a very challenging track, with a massive downhill jump called the Widow Maker.
A very exciting feature for the Saskatchewan motorcross scene in 2014 is the CMRC Pro National series that is being held in Regina. This race is June 21, and promises its fair share of thrills and spills.
“It’s a very fast track," Greziuk said. “This track has insane huge jumps.”
For a complete list of the motocross races in Saskatchewan visit the Saskatchewan Motorsports Page.