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Lake Nicolet
Lac Nicolet
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Lake Nicolet seen from Gosford street, near Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens
Location Canada, Quebec, Centre-du-Québec, Arthabaska Regional County Municipality
Primary outflows Nicolet River
Catchment area 9.4 kilometres (5.84 mi)
Max. length 5.1 kilometres (3.2 mi)
Max. width 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi)
Surface area 4.1 kilometres (2.55 mi)
Average depth 17 metres (56 ft)
Max. depth 41 metres (135 ft)
Surface elevation 350 metres (1,150 ft)
Frozen End of December to beginning of March
Islands Boulanger, Baril, à Michel-Rheault, Rolland.

Lake Nicolet (in French: lac Nicolet) is located 50 km south of Victoriaville, in the municipality of Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens, in Arthabaska Regional County Municipality (MRC), in administrative region of Centre-du-Québec, Canada.

Lake Nicolet is the source of the Nicolet River which flows 137 kilometres (85 mi) to the southeast shore of lake Saint-Pierre, in Nicolet. The latest is crossed through the North-East by the St. Lawrence River.

This lake is surrounded by Chemin du Lac-Nicolet (north-west side) and Chemin Gosford-Sud (south-east side).

Geography

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Lac Nicolet seen from the public wharf in the village of Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens

Lake Nicolet is 5.1 kilometres (3.2 mi) long and 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi), resembling a misshapen crescent surrounded by mountains. It has seven islands: Boulanger, Baril, Linke, L'Heureux, à Michel-Rheault, Rolland and a little unnamed island. The main mountain peaks around the lake are: Brûlé Mountain (500 metres (1,600 ft)) at 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) on the south side of the bay leading to the mouth of the lake; a 419 metres (1,375 ft) vertex on the west side and another on the southeast side (492 metres (1,614 ft)). This lake has a hundred chalets all around.

Toponymy

The toponym "Lac Nicolet" was made official on December 5, 1968 at the Commission de toponymie du Québec.

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