Big Island Lake, Manitoba
|Big Island Lake|
Big Island Lake from the west
|Lake type||glacial lake|
|Primary inflows||Willow Creek|
|Primary outflows||Big Island Creek|
|Max. length||9.2 km (5.7 mi)|
|Max. width||5.2 km (3.2 mi)|
|Surface area||10 km2 (3.9 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||46 m (151 ft)|
|Surface elevation||293 m (961 ft)|
The lake has a north-south orientation and is accessible via Manitoba Highway 10. There is a seasonal cottage community on the south end. The lake drains into Schist Lake via Big Island Creek, part of the Nelson River watershed. The lake is surrounded by Precambrian boreal forest, a mixed forest of coniferous and deciduous trees of the Canadian Shield. The area is a favourite location for hunters who can find large game such as moose, black bear, white tailed deer, woodland caribou, as well as many species of waterfowl. Fish species include northern pike, walleye, burbot, whitefish and lake trout.
Big Island's name comes from the large island which dominates the lake. The name was officially registered in 1999. Prior to that, the traditional Cree name of nearby Schist Lake (Manistikwan which means "Devil's Head") was applied to Big Island Lake.
- "Geographical Names Board of Canada". Govt of Canada.
- "Big Island Site 1 Municipal Authority: Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Crown Lands: Existing Subdivision". Govt Manitoba. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "Map of Big Island". Govt of Manitoba. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- Geographical Names of Manitoba. Winnipeg: Manitoba Conservation,. 2001. ISBN 0771115172.
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