Kinbasket Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Columbia River behind Mica Dam, between Valemount and Donald, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°08'00''N, 118°26'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83D/1
Related Maps:
82M/16 82N/11 82N/12 82N/13
83D/1 83D/10 83D/11 83D/14
83D/2 83D/7 83D/8

Origin Notes and History:

Kinbasket Lake was adopted in the 11th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1912, applied to a small natural lake at 51° 57' - 118° 04' (as shown on 82M/16E). Lake disappeared due to flooding behind Mica Dam. The entire pondage was named McNaughton Lake 15 October 1973 on 82 NW, 83 SW and MCR5 sheet 3, as determined by Cabinet (see Victoria Times, 10 August 1973). Name changed to Kinbasket Lake 7 February 1980 by unanimous approval of Cabinet, as recommended 5 February 1980 by Cabinet Committee on Economic Development, in response to local pressure to reinstate the historic name, Kinbasket.

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

Named Kinbaskit Lake in 1866 by Walter Moberly, CE, after a Shuswap Indian whom he had employed. Spelled "Kinbasket Lake" on Mohun's 1884 map of British Columbia. McNaughton Lake was named after General A.G.L. McNaughton, commander of Canadian Forces in Britain 1939-43.

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