Winnipeg, Lake

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

Fed by many rivers, including the Saskatchewan, Red River of the North, and Winnipeg, it is drained to the northeast by the Nelson River. It is 264 mi (425 km) long, up to 68 mi (109 km) wide, and has an area of 9,416 sq mi (24,387 sq km). The Canadian explorer Pierre La Verendrye visited the lake in 1733. With an average depth of 50 ft (15 m), it is important for shipping, commercial fishing, and recreation.

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lake in south-central Manitoba, Canada, at the southwestern edge of the Canadian Shield, the rocky, glaciated region of eastern Canada. Fed by many rivers, including the Saskatchewan, Red, and Winnipeg, which drain a large part of the Great Plains, the lake is drained to the northeast by the Nelson River into Hudson Bay. Lake Winnipeg, at an altitude of 713 feet (217 m), is 264 miles (425 km) long and up to 68 miles (109 km) wide. It has an area of 9,416 square miles (24,387 square km) and is one of Canada's largest freshwater lakes. Visited in the 1730s by the son of La Vérendrye (the French voyageur) and named from the Cree Indian words for “muddy water,” the lake is a remnant of glacial Lake Agassiz. With an average depth of about 50 feet (713 feet at its deepest point), it is important for shipping and commercial fishing (based at Gimli), while its southern shore is a major resort area serving Winnipeg, 40 miles (64 km) south. Major islands include Hecla, Deer, and Black, which form part of Hecla Provincial Park (333 square miles [862 square km]).

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