Nueltin Lake

Nueltin Lake
Nueltin Lake is located in Nunavut
Nueltin Lake
Nueltin Lake
Location in Nunavut
LocationDivision No. 23, Manitoba /
Kivalliq, Nunavut
Coordinates60°09′03″N 099°45′23″W / 60.15083°N 99.75639°W / 60.15083; -99.75639
Primary inflowsThlewiaza River
Primary outflowsThlewiaza River
Catchment area27,056 km2 (10,446 sq mi)
Basin countriesCanada
Max. length144 km (89 mi)
Surface area2,279 km2 (880 sq mi)
Average depth100 m (330 ft)
Water volume228 km3 (55 cu mi)
Shore length13,922 km (2,437 mi)
Surface elevation278 m (912 ft)
Islandsmany small islands
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Nueltin Lake (Chipewyan: Nu-thel-tin-tu-ch-eh, meaning "sleeping island lake") straddles the Manitoba-Nunavut border in Canada. The lake, which has an area of 2,279 km2 (880 sq mi), is predominantly in Nunavut's Kivalliq Region, and on the Manitoba side there is the Nueltin Lake Airport which serves the fishing lodge. The lake is split into two parts by a set of narrows.[3][4] It is drained by the Thlewiaza River.[2][4]


Ilya Andreyevich Tolstoy, the grandson of count Leo Tolstoy, stayed at the Revillon Frères Post of Windy Lake by Nueltin Lake in the winter of 1928–1929. He was in a group attempting to get film footage of the migrating caribou for the William Douglas Burden and William C. Chanler's production, The Silent Enemy, one of the last and greatest of the silent films, released in 1930.[5]

The American naturalist, Francis Harper (biologist) with funding from the United States National Science Foundation, undertook a study of the barren-ground caribou in 1947 in the Nueltin Lake area[6] with research assistants, including Farley Mowat, resulting in the publication of Harper's book entitled Caribou of Keewatin.[7] Inuit artist Luke Anowtalik, who was fifteen at the time, was featured in this publication.

In 1949, the Government of Canada forcibly relocated an Inuit group, the Ihalmiut, to Nueltin from Ennadai Lake but the hunting was poor and they did not stay in the Nueltin area.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Principal lakes, elevation and area, by province and territory". Statistics Canada. 2005-02-02. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  2. ^ a b Beck, Brian; Smith, Thomas G.; Mansfield, Arthur W. (1970). "Occurrence of the Harbour Seal, Phoca vitulina, Linnaeus in the Thlewiaza River, N.W.T." The Canadian Field-Naturalist. 84: 297–300.
  3. ^ "Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Geographical Names (Nueltin Lake)". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  4. ^ a b David Evans. "Nueltin lake". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  5. ^ ""When the Caribou Failed": Ilia Tolstoy in the Barren Lands, 1928-1929 by Graham A. MacDonald (The Manitoba Historical Society)". 2013-12-31.
  6. ^ Harper 1955.
  7. ^ Harper, Francis (21 October 1955), Hall, E. Raymond (ed.), Caribou of Keewatin, Kansas: Museum of Natural Science via Gutenberg Press, p. 164
  8. ^ To Improve the Lives of Aboriginal People Archived 2011-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
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