Upper Kananaskis Lake

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Upper Kananaskis Lake
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Upper Kananaskis Lake
Location Kananaskis, Alberta
Coordinates 50°37′05″N115°09′15″W / 50.61806°N 115.15417°W / 50.61806; -115.15417 Coordinates: 50°37′05″N115°09′15″W / 50.61806°N 115.15417°W / 50.61806; -115.15417
Type Reservoir, oligotrophic
Primary inflows Upper Kananaskis River
Primary outflows Lower Kananaskis Lake
Catchment area 139 km2 (54 sq mi) [1]
Basin  countriesCanada
Surface area7.8 km2 (3.0 sq mi) [1]
Average depth32 m (105 ft)
Max. depth108 m (354 ft)
Surface elevation1,720 m (5,640 ft)
References [1]

Upper Kananaskis Lake is a natural lake that was turned into a reservoir in Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada.

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Upper Kananaskis Lake, along with the Lower Kananaskis Lake, is located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park .

The lake is part of a series of natural and man made lakes in the Kananaskis and Bow Valleys used for hydro electric power, flood control, and water reserves for the Bow River water users such as the city of Calgary.

The lake is also used for recreational activities, with hiking paths surrounding the lake (and cross-country skiing trails in the winter).

Hiking trails

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, this vicinity is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. [2] Temperatures can drop below −20 C with wind chill factors below −30 C.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Atlas of Alberta Lakes". University of Alberta. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  2. Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L. & McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN   1027-5606.