Great Slave Lake

Great Slave Lake is the second largest lake in Canada and the tenth largest in the world. It is located in the Northwest Territories. This lake measures 480 kilometers in length and 19-109 kilometers in width. It covers a total area of 28,568 square kilometers.

It has a maximum depth of 1,015 feet which makes it the deepest lake in North America. Two arms, known as the North and east Arms are extended from the lake. It is perceived as one of the most pristine water bodies in the world.


Fast Facts: –

  • The Great Slave Lake remains completely frozen for at least 8 months of the year.
  • Is named after the slave tribe of Native Americans.
  • It was discovered by Europeans for the very first time in 1771 by British fur trader Samuel Hearne.
  • The lake is continuously fed by various rivers. The Slave River is the most important of all of them.
  • It is drained by the Mackenzie River, eventually emptying into the Arctic Ocean.
  • Major fish species found in the Great Slave Lake are Pike, Grayling, Trout, Northern Pike.
  • The total volume of the lake ranges from 1,070 cube kilometers to 1,580 cube kilometers.
  • This lake is believed to be formed at the end of the Wisconsinan glaciation.
  • Human occupancy on the shores of the lake can be dated back as far as 5,000 BCE.
  • It lies south of the tree line, within the northern Boreal forest.
  • In the 1930’s, gold was found on the northern arm of the lake.