Moberly Lake (British Columbia)

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Moberly Lake
Moberly Lake is located in British Columbia
Moberly Lake
Moberly Lake
LocationBritish Columbia
Coordinates55°49′23″N 121°45′43″W / 55.823°N 121.762°W / 55.823; -121.762Coordinates: 55°49′23″N 121°45′43″W / 55.823°N 121.762°W / 55.823; -121.762
Primary inflowsMoberly River
Basin countriesCanada
Surface area29.4 km2 (11.4 sq mi)
Average depth18.3 m (60 ft)
Max. depth42.7 m (140 ft)
Water volume534×10^6 m3 (433,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time2.4 years
Surface elevation692 m (2,270 ft)

Moberly Lake is along British Columbia Highway 29 in northern British Columbia, Canada, and named for Henry John Moberly, a fur trader who lived on the lake. It is served by the Chetwynd Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment.

The Moberly Lake has always been a revered site for the Danezaa people, who called it "the lake you can depend on," an allusion to the bounty of the lake, where they could always find food.[1]

In 1915, the outsider settlement comprised 16 people (Fort George Herald, 9 Oct 1915).


Other Danezaa regarded the lake as a place of mystique. For them, it was 'the Lake with a hole through it' or 'the lake with no bottom'. According to their lore, the lake was the dwelling place of an ancient creature that came to the surface after long intervals below the water.[1]

Three generations of Beaver (Dunneza) women at Moberly Lake, British Columbia.


  1. ^ a b "Moberly Lake Provincial Park". Ministry of Environment, British Columbia. Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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