Black Lake (Nova Scotia)

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Black Lake(s)
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Location Nova Scotia
Coordinates various

There are various Black Lakes in Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] They vary widely in size, depth and usability. Many counties, such as Cumberland, Halifax, Inverness, and Pictou Counties have more than one Black Lake so named, while other counties mentioned in this article have only one named Black Lake.

Colchester County[edit]

Location of Colchester County in Nova Scotia.

There a Black Lake in Colchester County, Nova Scotia south of the collector road 256 and north of the Highway 104 near Clear Lake. It is located at: 45°34′29″N 63°19′42″W / 45.5747222°N 63.3283333°W / 45.5747222; -63.3283333

Location of Cumberland County in Nova Scotia.

Cumberland County[edit]

There are two Black Lakes in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. One is located at 45°28′17″N 64°16′24″W / 45.47139°N 64.27333°W / 45.47139; -64.27333. This is the deepest lake in the province, with a depth of 72 metres (236 ft)[2] The lake is 5.7 miles (9.2 km) northeast of Parrsboro. Fish include brown trout, white perch and smallmouth bass.[3] The lake is surrounded by nutrient poor coniferous forest dominated by black spruce canopy, with high shrub and sphagnum moss cover.[4] As of 2005 there was a woodlot near the lake with about 200 specimens of the economically valuable Northern White Cedar.[5]

The other Black Lake in Cumberland county is located at 45°42′12″N 63°55′47″W / 45.703422°N 63.929793°W / 45.703422; -63.929793 between Springhill and Oxford. As of 2010 about 200 eastern white cedars were present near the lake in a mixedwood and old field environment, with the oldest tree 148 years of age.[6]

Location of Guysborough County.

Guysborough County[edit]

The Black Lake in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia is just west of the junction of collector road 316 with Old Country Harbour Road and Hendsbee Road. And north east of Eight Island Lake. It is located at: 45°21′39″N 61°56′54″W / 45.3608333°N 61.9483333°W / 45.3608333; -61.9483333

Location of Halifax Regional Municipality.

Halifax Regional Municipality[edit]

There are five Black Lakes in Halifax Regional Municipality. One is located at 44°42′37″N 63°35′34″W / 44.7103°N 63.5927°W / 44.7103; -63.5927 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, east of the Bedford Basin, surrounded by urban area.[7] Another is located at 44°31′00″N 63°39′00″W / 44.51667°N 63.65000°W / 44.51667; -63.65000. In an attempt to improve the water quality of this black lake, 1,100 kilograms (2,400 lb) of basic slag was added to the lake in 1948, plus 300 kilograms (660 lb) of superphosphate.[8]

Location of Inverness County.

Inverness County[edit]

Location of Lunenburg County.

Black Lakes is a pair of lakes on Cape Breton Island in Inverness County, in north-western Nova Scotia, Canada that flow via MacIntyres Brook into Bras d'Or Lake.[9] It is located at: 45°47′29″N 61°07′16″W / 45.79139°N 61.12111°W / 45.79139; -61.12111

Lunenburg County[edit]

The Black Lake in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia is west of the collector road 208 and Zwicker Falls by about 6 kilometers. The closest community is New Germany which is farther to the east. The lake is located at: 44°30′34″N 64°50′32″W / 44.50946°N 64.84227°W / 44.50946; -64.84227

Location of Pictou County.

Pictou County[edit]

There are four Black Lakes in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. One is located at 45°24′0″N 62°19′0″W / 45.40000°N 62.31667°W / 45.40000; -62.31667, just to the west of Eden Lake.[7][10] The lake is drained by the East River, Pictou, which flows into the Northumberland Strait. It is surrounded by forestry land. Chain pickerel, which is not a native species in Nova Scotia, was illegally introduced around 1998.[11] The lake used to have a good population of speckled trout, and several other species, but since the pickerel were introduced the trout, perch and minnows have no longer been found. An estimated 1,100 pickerel were in the lake in 1998, some as large as 1.25 kilograms (2.8 lb).[12] The lake is open for winter fishing of chain pickerel by holders of a general fishing license. In 2006 the season was 1 January to 31 March, with a bag limit of 25 fish per day.[13] The same dates and bag limit applied in 2011.[14] On 19–20 February 2011 the ministry threw the lake open to fishers who did not have a license.[15] In 2012 the lake was open all year for chain pickerel fishing.[16]

Location of Queens County.

Queens County[edit]

Black Lake, Queens County, Nova Scotia is located at 44°12′10″N 64°58′59″W / 44.202835°N 64.983018°W / 44.202835; -64.983018, near the eastern bank of Lake Rossignol, northwest of Georges Lake.[7]

Location of Victoria County.

Victoria County[edit]

Black Lake, Victoria County, Nova Scotia is located at 46°52′35″N 60°33′35″W / 46.8763888°N 60.5597222°W / 46.8763888; -60.5597222, off the Cabot Trail, northeast of Morrisons Lake.[7] This lake has an elevation of 114 metres (374 ft).[17]

Location of Yarmouth County.

Yarmouth County[edit]

The Black Lake in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia is about 27 kilometers south west of Lake Rossignol and it is the third lake just west of the collector road 203. About equidistance to the south along 203 is the town of Shelburne within Shelburne County. The lake is located at: 44°01′54″N 65°29′52″W / 44.0316666°N 65.4977777°W / 44.0316666; -65.4977777

Complete list[edit]

Coordinates of all the Black Lakes are:[18]

County Coordinates
Colchester 45°34′29″N 63°19′42″W / 45.5747222°N 63.3283333°W / 45.5747222; -63.3283333
Cumberland 45°28′17″N 64°16′24″W / 45.4713888°N 64.2733333°W / 45.4713888; -64.2733333
Cumberland 45°42′14″N 63°55′44″W / 45.7038888°N 63.9288888°W / 45.7038888; -63.9288888
Guysborough 45°21′39″N 61°56′54″W / 45.3608333°N 61.9483333°W / 45.3608333; -61.9483333
Halifax 44°42′37″N 63°35′33″W / 44.7102777°N 63.5925000°W / 44.7102777; -63.5925000
Halifax 44°47′57″N 63°32′45″W / 44.7991666°N 63.5458333°W / 44.7991666; -63.5458333
Halifax 44°49′22″N 62°44′49″W / 44.8227777°N 62.7469444°W / 44.8227777; -62.7469444
Halifax 45°00′59″N 62°28′09″W / 45.0163888°N 62.4691666°W / 45.0163888; -62.4691666
Halifax 45°06′31″N 62°33′28″W / 45.1086111°N 62.5577777°W / 45.1086111; -62.5577777
Inverness 45°47′29″N 61°07′16″W / 45.79139°N 61.12111°W / 45.79139; -61.12111Coordinates: 45°47′29″N 61°07′16″W / 45.79139°N 61.12111°W / 45.79139; -61.12111
Inverness 46°02′39″N 60°29′23″W / 46.0441666°N 60.4897222°W / 46.0441666; -60.4897222
Lunenburg 44°30′34″N 64°50′32″W / 44.50946°N 64.84227°W / 44.50946; -64.84227
Pictou 45°21′10″N 62°29′04″W / 45.3527777°N 62.4844444°W / 45.3527777; -62.4844444
Pictou 45°22′58″N 62°40′44″W / 45.3827777°N 62.6788888°W / 45.3827777; -62.6788888
Pictou 45°23′54″N 62°19′06″W / 45.3983333°N 62.3183333°W / 45.3983333; -62.3183333
Pictou 45°26′57″N 62°24′48″W / 45.4491666°N 62.4133333°W / 45.4491666; -62.4133333
Queens 44°12′11″N 64°58′55″W / 44.2030555°N 64.9819444°W / 44.2030555; -64.9819444
Victoria 46°52′35″N 60°33′35″W / 46.8763888°N 60.5597222°W / 46.8763888; -60.5597222
Yarmouth 44°01′54″N 65°29′52″W / 44.0316666°N 65.4977777°W / 44.0316666; -65.4977777

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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