François Lake

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François Lake
Location British Columbia
Group Nechako Lakes
Coordinates 54°2′N 125°43′W / 54.033°N 125.717°W / 54.033; -125.717Coordinates: 54°2′N 125°43′W / 54.033°N 125.717°W / 54.033; -125.717
Primary inflows Nadina River
Primary outflows Stellako River
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 110 km (68 mi)
Max. depth 244.4 m (802 ft)
Surface elevation 715 m (2,346 ft)

François Lake in British Columbia is about 30 km (19 mi) south of Burns Lake and 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Fraser Lake. The lake is 110 km (68 mi) long, making it the second longest natural lake entirely within British Columbia after Babine Lake. Nadina River is the inflow of the lake at the west and Stellako River is the outflow of the lake. The lake is popularly fished for its Rainbow Trout and Char.

Because of its shape, the lake was called Nidabun, meaning "lip lake." The French-Canadians mistook Nidaa for nedo, which meant "whiteman," and named it Lac des Français (meaning Lake of the French). The name Français later was altered to François.

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