McKay Lake (Pic River)

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McKay Lake
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Northwestern Ontario
District Thunder Bay
 - Tributaries Pout River, Sandlink Creek
Elevation 321 m (1,053 ft)
Coordinates 49°36′48″N 86°26′17″W / 49.61333°N 86.43806°W / 49.61333; -86.43806Coordinates: 49°36′48″N 86°26′17″W / 49.61333°N 86.43806°W / 49.61333; -86.43806
Mouth Pic River
Length 19 km (12 mi)
Width 6 km (4 mi)
Location of McKay Lake in Ontario.

McKay Lake is a lake in Lake Superior drainage basin in the east part of Thunder Bay District in northwestern Ontario, Canada and the source of the Pic River. The northeast tip of the lake is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) southwest of the Canadian National Railway mainline, 15 kilometres (9 mi) south of Ontario Highway 11 and 17 kilometres (11 mi) west of the community of Caramat.

The lake is 19 kilometres (12 mi) long and 6 kilometres (4 mi) wide and lies at an elevation of 321 metres (1,053 ft). The primary inflows are (counterclockwise from the Pic River outflow): the Pout River at the southeast; an unnamed creek from Little McKay Lake at Yankee Bay at the north; and Sandlink Creek at Northeast Bay at the northeast. The primary outflow is the Pic River at Outlet Bay at the southeast tip of the lake, controlled by the McKay Lake Dam.[1]

Big Island in the centre of the lake is surrounded by the North, Morrin, South and West Channels. Other named bays include Boot Bay and Portage Bay at the southwest and Reedy Bay at the east.


  1. ^ "Figure 1.1 - Project Location" (JPG). High Falls and Manitou Falls Hydroelectric Project. Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-04.