Attawapiskat Lake

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Attawapiskat Lake
Location Kenora District, Ontario
Coordinates 52°14′36″N 87°53′51″W / 52.24333°N 87.89750°W / 52.24333; -87.89750Coordinates: 52°14′36″N 87°53′51″W / 52.24333°N 87.89750°W / 52.24333; -87.89750
Primary inflows Otoskwin River, Marten-Drinking River, Pineimuta River
Primary outflows Attawapiskat River, North Channel
Basin countries Canada
Surface area 281 square kilometres (108 sq mi)
Shore length1 596 kilometres (370 mi)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Attawapiskat Lake is a lake in Kenora District, Ontario, Canada. The primary inflows are the Otoskwin River, the Marten-Drinking River and the Pineimuta River. The two outflows are the Attawapiskat River and the North Channel, which itself flows into the Attawapiskat River.

The First Nations community of Neskantaga (also known as Lansdowne House, Ontario) is located on the west side of the lake.

The name of the lake comes from a region through which the Attawapiskat River flows less than 100 kilometres (62 mi) from its mouth, where it has carved out several clusters of high limestone islands, nicknamed by canoeists the "Birthday Cakes". The formations are unique to the region, the Swampy Cree (Omushkegowuk) word for which, chat-a-wa-pis-shkag, gives name to the river and hence the lake.[1]


  1. ^ Berger, Jonathan; Terry, Thomas (2007). Canoe Atlas of the Little North. Erin, Ont.: Boston Mills Press. pp. 109, 111, 115. ISBN 978-1-55046-496-2. OCLC 78038334.  Also OCLC 174417835