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Naosap Lake
Location Manitoba
Lake type Glacial Lake
Primary outflows Mistik Creek
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 11 km (6.8 mi)
Max. width 5 km (3.1 mi)
Surface elevation 330 m (1,080 ft)
Islands 51

Naosap Lake is a glacial lake approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) northeast of Bakers Narrows. As the source of the Mistik Creek, it is part of the Nelson River watershed, in the Hudson Bay drainage basin in the Northern Region of Manitoba, Canada. The surrounding mixed deciduous and coniferous forest is part of the Churchill River Upland portion of the Midwestern Canadian Shield forests. The region around the lake consists of rocky parallel ridges with poorly drained areas of muskeg and irregular stony shorelines due to intense glaciation. The lake is situated on the well known "Mistik Creek Loop", a remote canoe route 80 kilometres (50 mi) in length which can be paddled in four days.

The lake is accessible by road on the west end. The centre of the lake is dominated by the large Wickstendt Island, named after the trapper and prospector Tom Wickstendt who staked claims there in the 1940s.

The lake contains northern pike, lake whitefish, and yellow perch. There are also herds of woodland caribou near the lake.

Etymology

Naosap is Cree for "fourteen". It is notable for being one of fourteen lakes on Mistik Creek named in numeric order in Cree. The fourteen lakes listed by their Cree names with the English translations in order from south to north are:

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