Williams Lake (British Columbia)

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Williams Lake
Location British Columbia
Coordinates 52°07′01″N 122°04′19″W / 52.11694°N 122.07194°W / 52.11694; -122.07194Coordinates: 52°07′01″N 122°04′19″W / 52.11694°N 122.07194°W / 52.11694; -122.07194
Primary inflows San Jose River
Primary outflows Williams Lake River
Catchment area 2,240 km2 (860 sq mi)
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 7.2 km (4.5 mi)
Max. width 1.3 km (0.81 mi)
Surface area 7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
Average depth 12.2 m (40 ft)
Max. depth 24.1 m (79 ft)
Water volume 0.088 km3 (71,000 acre·ft)
Residence time ca. 1.9 years
Surface elevation 565 m (1,854 ft)
Settlements Williams Lake

Williams Lake is a lake in the city of the same name in the Cariboo region of the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Williams Lake Indian Reserve No. 1, a.k.a. "Sugarcane Reserve" is located around the east end of the lake. British Columbia provincial highway 97, the Cariboo Highway, runs along the lake's northern side.

It is fed by the northwest-flowing San Jose River and drained to the Fraser River via the Williams Lake River.[1]

Climate and Hydrography[edit]

Williams Lake has relatively lower water temperatures, because of its lower elevation compared to other lakes on the Cariboo Plateau.

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