Eutsuk Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S of W end of Ootsa Lake, Nechako Reservoir, Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°17'25''N, 126°40'05''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93E/7
Related Maps: 93E/1
93E/2
93E/7
93E/8

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 10 January 1922 on Ottawa file OBF 0662, as labelled on BC Lands' map 1A, 1912. Re-approved 13 March 1947 on 93/SW.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Eutsuk is the local name, probably a corruption of Te-oots-a-bungut, the name provided to Frank Swannell, BCLS, by Chief Louis of the Cheslattas in 1910. Other names and spelling variations include Big Ootsa, Te-ootsa-bungut, Tatchetkin...

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

About 1876 Horetzky, CPR engineer, made a reconnaissance up the Kimsquit (or as he called it, Tchatsquot) River and across to Eutsuk Lake via Smaby Pass. He calls Eutsuk Lake "Talchelkin", possibly a name given him by Coast Indians of his party. The Interior Indians do not know it by this name. Horetsky's altitude is 2802 feet. (note on BC name card, written 3 November 1921 by F. Swannell, BCLS)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

From the Carrier Indian name EtĂȘ'-auh Yootsoo, "way off Yootsoo" or "farthest Yootsoo" referring to the lake's connection with Ootsa lake. (Morice, Fifty Years in Western Canada)

Source: Provincial Archives' Place Names File (the "Harvey File") compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

"According to Father Morice (the first white man to see this lake), his Indian companions named it after him. The authorities in Victoria refused to accept Morice's 'Morice Lake' and renamed it 'Eutsuk' from two Indian words,"yu" (very) and "tsu" (low down)."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

See "Will to Power" by David Mulhall, for one version of how Father Morice named this Morice Lake [pp.110-111].

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.