Pakowki Lake, aerial photograph, August 2013
|Location||County of Forty Mile No. 8, Alberta|
|Lake type||endorheic, slough|
|Primary inflows||Etzikom Coulee, Irrigation Creek, Erickson Coulee, Ketchum Creek, Canal Creek, Bond Coulee, Bryant Coulee|
|Max. length||35 km (22 mi)|
|Max. width||8 km (5.0 mi)|
|Surface area||123 km2 (47 sq mi)|
|Surface elevation||860 m (2,820 ft)|
It is located in the prairies of southern Alberta, at an elevation of 860 metres (2,820 ft), in the County of Forty Mile No. 8. It is fed by a number of coulees and creeks, such as Etzikom Coulee, Irrigation Creek, Erickson Coulee, Ketchum Creek, Canal Creek, Bond Coulee and Bryant Coulee, and has no outflow. Reaching a maximum extent of 123 square kilometres (47 sq mi), it is one of the largest lakes in the province.
The name means "bad water" in Blackfoot language, named so for the bad smell caused by the lack of an outflow. While it is the largest water body in southern Alberta, its waters are intermittent, and it can be classified as a slough. In times of flooding, the lake overflows through a channel into the Milk River, which flows 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south of the lake.
The Pakowki Lake Provincial Bird Sanctuary is established on and around the lake, which provides congregations of waterfowl and waders, as a staging area for migration along the western flyway. The lake is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) and listed by Bird Studies Canada and Bird Life International as globally significant but none of the lake has federal or provincial protected status.
The lake lies in a sand dune-wetland environment of the Grassland biome. Flora on the lake shores consists of threatened Western Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis), vulnerable Smooth Goosefoot (Chenopodium subglabrum), Great Basin Downingia and Skeletonweed (Eriogonum deflexum).
The lake contains no fish species.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pakowki Lake.|
- Friends of Geographical Names of Alberta. "Pakowki Lake". Retrieved 2009-05-08.
- Alberta Wilderness Association. "Pakowki Lake". Retrieved 2009-05-08.
- Alberta Sustainable Resources Development. "Pakowki Lake". Retrieved 2009-05-08.[dead link]
- IBA Site Listing. "Pakowki Lake, Foremost, Alberta". Retrieved 2009-05-08.
- 2011 County Commentator Article http://www.bowislandcommentator.com/component/content/article/792-nothing-to-be-done-with-pakowki.html
- 2011 Avian Botulism predicted http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Avian+botulism+strike+Alberta/5249084/story.html
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