Pilot crater

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Pilot Lake
Pilot Lake - Landsat OLI 42.jpg
Satellite image (Landsat)
Location Northwest Territories
Coordinates 60°17′N 111°0′W / 60.283°N 111.000°W / 60.283; -111.000
Type crater lake
Basin countries Canada
Surface area 43 km2 (17 sq mi)
Max. depth 90 m (300 ft)
Surface elevation 255 m (837 ft)
Islands 9

Pilot crater is an impact crater in the Northwest Territories, Canada, just north of the Alberta border and near Fort Smith (54 km). It is 6 kilometres in diameter and the age is estimated to be 445 ± 2 million years (Upper Ordovician).[1]

The crater contains Pilot Lake, a pristine fresh-water lake that covers 43 square kilometres (16 mi²) and is 90 metres (300 ft) deep. Lake trout, northern pike, whitefish, and pickerel are plentiful, supporting a summer market for recreational fishing.[2]


  1. ^ "Pilot". Earth Impact Database. University of New Brunswick. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Pilot Lake Cabins – Fly-In Fishing". Archived from the original on 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 

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Coordinates: 60°17′N 111°0′W / 60.283°N 111.000°W / 60.283; -111.000