Cross Lake (Manitoba)

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Cross Lake
Cross Lake, Manitoba.jpg
Cross Lake north of Lake Winnipeg
Cross Lake is located in Manitoba
Cross Lake
Cross Lake
Location of Cross Lake in Manitoba
Location Manitoba
Coordinates 54°43′N 97°33′W / 54.717°N 97.550°W / 54.717; -97.550
Primary inflows Nelson River, Minago River
Primary outflows Nelson River
Catchment area 8,099 km2 (3,127 sq mi)
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 102 km (63 mi)
Surface area 755 km2 (292 sq mi)
Average depth 1.25 m (4 ft 1 in)
Max. depth 12 m (39 ft)
Water volume 0.52 km3 (420,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time 0.006 years
Shore length1 1,330 km (830 mi)
Surface elevation 207 m (679 ft)
Islands many islands including Cross Island
Settlements Cross Lake, Cross Lake First Nation
References [1][2][3]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Cross Lake is a large lake in Manitoba on the Nelson River north of Lake Winnipeg. It is long and narrow and extends 102 km (63 mi) east-northeast.

The Nelson River west channel enters the lake at the Jenpeg Dam and the Nelson River east channel enters near the communities of Cross Lake and Cross Lake First Nation. The river then flows north to Sipiwesk Lake. The Minago River enters on the west.[4][5]

The lake level is regulated by Manitoba Hydro at the Jenpeg Generating Station (54°32′36″N 98°1′36″W / 54.54333°N 98.02667°W / 54.54333; -98.02667 (Jenpeg)) at the southern end of the lake.[6]

Portage Routes[edit]

From Moon Lake, the source of the Minago River, a portage led to South Moose Lake and the Saskatchewan River. On the southeast side of Cross Lake via the Walker River, Walker Lake and Kapaspwaypanik Lake the Kapaspwaypanik Portage led to the Carrot River and Oxford Lake on the Hayes River.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atlas of Canada. "Rivers in Canada". Archived from the original on 10 April 2007. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps Distance Calculator". Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  3. ^ "World Lake Database (Cross Lake)". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  4. ^ "Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Geographical Names (Cross Lake)". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Atlas of Canada Toporama". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Manitoba Hydro (Jenpeg Generating Station)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2014-09-20.