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The Harrison Lake


The Harrison Lake
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Copyright: Tomek Tabor (quovadis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 1 N: 451] (2578)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-10-06
Categories: Nature
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-10-09 7:39
Viewed: 118
Points: 0
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A view spreading out from the beach over the Harrison Lake and the surrounding summits. Not far from here, there is the district of Kent with the Hicks Lake and campground hidden in the highland woods to be found.rnrn============================================rnrnHarrison Lake is much longer than it appears when you look at it from Harrison Hot Springs, at 60 kilometres long it covers over 200 square kilometres. While it is now a freshwater lake, thousands of years ago it was not a lake at all, but an arm of the sea. It varies in depth from just a few feet to a maximum depth of 279 m. (916 ft.). It supports a rich biodiversity of both seasonal and permanent animal species including Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Pink, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, and Chinook Salmon, Sturgeon, Harbour Seals, Canadian Geese, Herons, and too many different types of waterfowl to list.rnrnA word of warning it is a large, 60 kilometres long, glacier-fed lake and the water can be very cold. As well, storms can make the lake a dangerous place to be, so exercise caution and common sense. To learn more about water safety and Harrison Lake please go to our Water Safety page.rnrnThe view from the lakefront is dominated by Breckenridge Glacier in the distance and by Echo Island, so called because there is a sensational echo on its western flank. The southern end of the lake is very shallow, almost out to the island. Beyond that, the depth drops off to more than 900 feet.rnrnHarrison River (18 kilometres) is a short but amazing river. The first designated Salmon Stronghold in Canada, it is the only area in BC to host all five species of salmon and steelhead trout. The salmon habitat in the Harrison Basin is an example of a crucial salmon system that has somehow remained pristine. This abundance of salmon draws in 1000s' of Bald Eagles every fall making the Harrison River the 3rd largest gathering place of Bald Eagles in North America.

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