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Duncan Lake
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Location Kootenays, British Columbia
Coordinates 50°26′00″N 116°59′00″W / 50.43333°N 116.98333°W / 50.43333; -116.98333
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Duncan River
Primary outflows Duncan River
Basin countries Canada

Duncan Lake is a man-made reservoir lake in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, formed by Duncan Dam and about 45 km in length. It is fed by the Duncan River, which forms part of the boundary between the Selkirk Mountains to the west and the Purcell Mountains to the east. Below Duncan Dam is the head of Kootenay Lake.

Prior to inundation there was a lake of shorter length at the same location, also named Duncan Lake but also known as Upper Kootenay Lake or Upper Kootenai Lake. The name comes from the Duncan River's namesake, John "Jack" Duncan, prospector, who ran for election but did not win the Kootenay District seat on the colonial Legislative Council of British Columbia.

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