Nazko Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Nazko River, W. of Palmer Lake, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°23'05''N, 123°34'03''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93B/5
Related Maps: 93B

Origin Notes and History:

"Nazco Lake" adopted in the 1909 Gazetteer of British Columbia. Spelling changed 31 December 1930 to "Nazko Lake" in the 1930 Gazetteer of Canada, as labelled on BC Map 1G, 1916. Confirmed 6 May 1954 on Map 93B. Named in association with Nazko River.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff, file Q.2.54.

"...Father Morice wrote that there are two possible translations for Nazko - 'the river the flows 'across' the land into the Fraser,' and 'Cross River, the river one has to cross in order to go north or south.'" From the entry for Nazko River.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; "British Columbia Place Names"; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997, page 211.