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Wol′laston Lake′(n.)

  1. a lake in NE Saskatchewan, in central Canada. ab. 796 sq. mi. (2062 sq. km).

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  1. Wollaston Lake

    Wollaston Lake is located in northeastern Saskatchewan, Canada. With a surface area of 2286 km², it is the largest bifurcation lake in the world that drains naturally in two directions. The Fond du Lac River flows out of the lake to the northwest, where it drains into Lake Athabasca, which ultimately drains into the Arctic Ocean via the Mackenzie River system. The Cochrane River flows out of the northeastern side of the lake and into Reindeer Lake, which drains via the Churchill River system into Hudson Bay. The Geikie River flows from the southwest into the southwest section of the lake . Wollaston Lake is also the largest lake entirely within Saskatchewan, although the Saskatchewanian portions of Lake Athabasca and Reindeer Lake are both larger. Samuel Hearne learned of the lake in 1770 and David Thompson noted in 1796 the dual outlets as “perhaps without parallel in the world.” In 1807, Peter Fidler named the lake after George Hyde Wollaston. The only settlement on its shores is also named Wollaston Lake. The settlement includes the northern hamlet of Wollaston Lake with a population of 129 and the adjacent village of Wollaston Post of the Hatchet Lake Dene Nation with a population of 1251.

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