Corra Linn Dam

Feature Type:Dam - A barrier constructed to hold back water, to raise and control its level and/or to form a reservoir.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Separating Kootenay River and West Arm Kootenay Lake, W of Nelson, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°28'00''N, 117°28'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82F/6

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted as a long-established name.

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

Corra Linn Rapids were situated here, before construction of the Corra Linn Dam, completed in 1932.

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

One dictionary identifies the Gaelic "corrach linne" as meaning "angry cataracts" or "precipitous water"; another that "linn" is the Gaelic word for waterfall(s). According to a Gazetteer of Scotland, Corra Linn and Bonnington Linn are about 1/2 mile apart on the River Clyde. Their British Columbia namesakes are about 1 mile apart.

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