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Lake Profile


General Information

Country Canada
Latitude 51° 0' 0" (51.0000)
Longitude -99° 0' 0" (-99.0000)
River Basin Nelson-Saskatchewan

Physical Characteristics

Description Manitoba Lake is actually a relict of a huge glacial Lake Agaziz that from 12,000 to 8,000 years ago covered twice the present total area of all the Laurentian Great Lakes.
Volume 22.80 km3
Surface Area 4,700.00 km2
Origin Glacial
Type Fresh
Catchment Catchment size: 18.00 km2
Catchment/surface area ratio: 0:1


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Other Issues Fisheries
Nutrient pollution
Invasive Species
Specific Contaminants Pesticides

Biodiversity Conservation

Designations WWF Freshwater Eco-Region - English-Winnipeg Lakes
WWF Conservation Status Priority II
Species of Concern
Biological Distinctiveness Continentally outstanding



Crop Explorer - Global Reservoir and Lake Elevation Monitoring
Crop Explorer - Lake Level Variations from TOPEX/POSEIDON and Jason-1 Altimetry for Lake Manitoba
ILEC Database
Nelson River Basin map & information

Additional Data Sources

Abell, R. and D. Olson, E. Dinerstein, P. Hurley et al. 2000. Freshwater ecoregions of North America. Island Press. Washington, D.C.
Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.

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