Lillooet Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Lillooet, NW of Harrison Lake, Lillooet Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°14'45''N, 122°29'46''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92J/1
Related Maps: 92J/1
92J/2
92J/7
92J/8

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 26 June 1911 on Ottawa file OBF 0024, as labelled on Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia.

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

Named after the Lillooet tribe of Indians living at the head of the lake on the Pemberton Meadows.

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

This magnificent lake is known to the L'íl'wat Nation as L'íl'wat Tselálh and is very significant as a place for fishing and resource gathering. Significantly, the lake is also said to harbour an enormous water snake with a dragon-like head and serpentine body. While the serpent is rarely glimpsed, its presence can be detected by a sudden splashing sound followed by large unexplainable waves which have been known to capsize watercraft. (December 2011 from: Cultural Journey Sea-to-Sky Corridor website, Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations)

Source: included with note