Manitoba, Lake

Manitoba, Lake
Lake, south-central Manitoba, Canada.

Located northwest of Winnipeg, it drains into Lake Winnipeg. It is more than 125 mi (200 km) long and up to 28 mi (45 km) wide, with an area of 1,785 sq mi (4,624 sq km). It was discovered in 1738 by Pierre La Vérendrye, who named it Lac des Prairies. The name Manitoba is believed to come from the Algonquian word maniot-bau or maniot-wapau ("strait of the spirit").

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      narrow, irregularly shaped lake in south-central Manitoba, Can., 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Winnipeg. Fed by many small streams and by Crane Narrows (the outlet from Lake Winnipegosis [north]), it is drained northeastward into Lake Winnipeg via Lake St. Martin and the Dauphin River. Once part of the glacial Lake Agassiz, it was discovered in 1738 by the French fur trader La Vérendrye (La Vérendrye, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, et de), who named it Lac des Prairies; the name Manitoba is believed to come from the Algonquian word manito-bau or manito-wapau (“the strait of the spirit”), applied to the lake's Narrows between Wapah (west) and Oakview (east). The lake has an area of 1,785 square miles (4,624 square km), is more than 125 miles (200 km) long, and is up to 28 miles (45 km) wide and 812 feet (248 m) deep. It has been important for commercial fishing, though it is now fished only in the winter. Delta Marsh on its southern shores is one of the largest waterfowl staging marshes in North America.

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