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Steep Rock Lake
Location of the lake in Ontario, Canada.
Location of the lake in Ontario, Canada.
Steep Rock Lake
Location in Ontario
Location Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 48°47′N 91°40′W / 48.79°N 91.67°W / 48.79; -91.67
Type lake

Steep Rock Lake was a body of water near the township of Atikokan, northern Ontario, Canada. It was originally fed by the Seine River.

During World War II, a program was implemented to drain the lake. This diversion of the river allowed open-pit mining of hematite iron ore under the middle arm of the lake by the Inland Steel Company and its subsidiary Caland Ore Canada. By 1949, the site was producing a million tons of ore per year and had an estimated 500 million tons of ore deposits.

This lake was the site of an elaborate UFO hoax in 1950. In 1957, a caribou antler was discovered in the exposed silt. This specimen may have been deposited here by a barren-ground caribou at the end of the last ice age, demonstrating that the species once lived in this region. These caribou are now found much further to the north.

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