Duncan Lake (British Columbia)

Duncan Lake is a man-made reservoir lake in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, formed by Duncan Dam and about 45 km in length. It is fed by the Duncan River, which forms part of the boundary between the Selkirk Mountains to the west and the Purcell Mountains to the east. Below Duncan Dam is the head of Kootenay Lake.

Duncan Lake
Duncan Lake is located in British Columbia
Duncan Lake
Duncan Lake
LocationKootenays, British Columbia
Coordinates50°26′00″N 116°59′00″W / 50.43333°N 116.98333°W / 50.43333; -116.98333Coordinates: 50°26′00″N 116°59′00″W / 50.43333°N 116.98333°W / 50.43333; -116.98333
Primary inflowsDuncan River
Primary outflowsDuncan River
Basin countriesCanada

Prior to inundation there was a lake of shorter length at the same location, also named Duncan Lake but also known as Upper Kootenay Lake or Upper Kootenai Lake. The name comes from the Duncan River's namesake, John "Jack" Duncan, prospector, who ran for election but did not win the Kootenay District seat on the colonial Legislative Council of British Columbia.[1][2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Duncan Lake". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ "Nelson Star, 9 Mar 2015". www.nelsonstar.com.
  3. ^ "Nelson Star, 22 Mar 2015". www.nelsonstar.com.