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Muncho Lake
Muncho Lake, BC, Canada June2010.jpg
Location British Columbia
Primary inflows Trout River, Muncho Creek
Primary outflows Trout River
Max. length 12 kilometres (7.5 mi)
Max. width 6 kilometres (3.7 mi)
Max. depth 223 m (732 ft)
Surface elevation 820 m (2,690 ft)
Settlements Muncho Lake, British Columbia

Muncho Lake is a lake in northern British Columbia, Canada.

Geography

The lake is part of the Muncho Lake Provincial Park and located at kilometre 681 (mile 423) of the Alaska Highway. The lake is about 12 km (7.5 mi) long and its width varies between 1 and 6 km. It reaches a maximum depth of 223 m (732 ft). The surrounding peaks (the Terminal Range of the Muskwa Ranges to the west and the Sentinel Range to the east) reach altitudes of more than 2,000 m (6,600 ft), while the lake lies at an elevation of 820 m (2,690 ft). It is formed along the Trout River, a tributary of the Liard River.

The jade green color of the lake is attributed to the presence of copper oxide leached from the bedrock underneath. Its name is derived from the Kaska language in which "muncho" translates as "big water".

The small community of Muncho Lake is established on the lake's southern shore, at the confluence of Trout River and Muncho Creek. The Muncho Lake/Mile 462 Water Aerodrome is set up along the eastern shore of the lake, at Mile 462 of the Alaska Highway.

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