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Yathkyed Lake
Location Kivalliq Region, Nunavut
Coordinates 62°43′N 97°55′W / 62.717°N 97.917°W / 62.717; -97.917Coordinates: 62°43′N 97°55′W / 62.717°N 97.917°W / 62.717; -97.917
Primary inflows Kazan River
Primary outflows Kazan River
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 72 km (45 mi)
Max. width 34 km (21 mi)
Surface area 1,449 km2 (559 sq mi)
Surface elevation 140 m (460 ft)
Settlements uninhabited

Yathkyed Lake (variant: Haecoligua; meaning: "white swan") is a lake in Kivalliq Region, Nunavut, Canada. Located between Angikuni Lake and Forde Lake, it is one of several lakes on the Kazan River.

Yathkyed lake was named by the Sayisi Dene, historical barren-ground caribou hunters of the area. Caribou Inuit artifacts have also been found here.


It is part of the Hearne Domain, Western Churchill province of the Churchill craton, which is the northwest section of the Canadian Shield.

According to the Atlas of Canada the geographical centre of the country lies just south of the lake at 62°24′N 096°28′W / 62.400°N 96.467°W / 62.400; -96.467 (Geographical centre of Canada).


The Yathkyed Sedimentary Basin is notable for its uranium, copper, and molybdenum deposits. The Kaminak Gold Corporation has a mining stake in the area, owning approximately 200,000 acres (81,000 ha).

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