Lake Wanapitei

COVID-19 Update – July 16, 2021

As of Friday, July 16, Greater Sudbury will enter step three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen. The roadmap outlines a three-step plan to safely and gradually ease public health measures and reopen the province.

Seven municipal beaches are open with lifeguard supervision from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Quality Characteristics

Spring Phosphorus Results
The 2018 spring phosphorus value for Lake Wanapitei is 4.4 µg/L. The average total spring phosphorus for Wanapitei Lake since 2001 is 4.03 µg/L which is well below the Provincial Water Quality Objective of 20.0 µg/L and indicates that this lake is likely oligotrophic.

For more detailed information, download the graph illustrating the spring phosphorus levels in Lake Wanapitei from 2001 to 2018 (PDF 186 KB).

General Information

Lake Wanapitei has 370 permanent residents and 180 seasonal/recreational residents.

Location & Lake Characteristics
Lake Wanapitei is located in Norman, Rathburn, Scadding, and Maclennan townships. Lake Wanapitei has an area of 13,256.8 hectares and a shoreline perimeter of 160.4 kilometres. The maximum depth of the lake is 142 metres. View maps of Lake Wanapitei.

Watershed Information
Lake Wanapitei is located in the Wanapitei Watershed. For more information on the watershed, visit the following link: Watershed Map.

Lake Wanapitei is a crater formed by a meteorite that crashed into Earth approximately 35 million years ago. To the early Aboriginal peoples, the lake ressembled a large molar so they named the lake Wanapaitei, which means "Molar Tooth" in their language.

Interesting Facts
Lake Wanapitei holds the record for the largest lake in the world completely contained within the boundaries of a single city.

Lake Stewardship
For information about the Lake Wanapitei Stewardship group, visit the Lake Stewardship link.

Biological Characteristics

Fish Species
Check consumption guidelines for Lake Trout, Whitefish, Northern Pike and Walleye caught in Lake Wanapitei through the Ministry of the Environment's Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish.

For more detailed information on the different fish species found in Greater Sudbury follow the fish link.

Aquatic Insects
For more information about macro invertebrates (aquatic insects), please visit the Aquatic Insects Information section of our website.

Aquatic Plants
There is currently no data for aquatic plants.