Darke Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Darke Creek, NW of Summerland, Osoyoos Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°42'57''N, 119°51'48''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/12

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 420A, Kettle River, located at the head of Darke Creek. Described as an expansion of Silas Creek when that name was adopted 1 September 1981. Darke Lake redescribed as an expansion of Darke Creek 30 September 1988 on 82E/12.

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

Darkes [sic] Creek and Lake labelled on map of Yale District, 16B1, published in 1906. Darkes Lake labelled on Department of Interior map # 18, Okanagan, 1923. Labelled as "Fish Lake" on BC Lands' map 4N, 1930. Identified as "Fish Lake" in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Still some local use of "Fish Lake" according to c1980 advice from Recreational Fisheries Branch.

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

Named after Silas Robert Darke, settler in the 1890s. [compare with Darke Creek]

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