Lake Melville

Lake Melville 3069 km2, is a tidal extension of Hamilton Inlet on the rugged east coast of Labrador.

Lake Melville 3069 km2, is a tidal extension of Hamilton Inlet on the rugged east coast of Labrador. Linked to the inlet on the east by a narrows, the lake extends 140 km inland to its 2 western arms, Goose Bay and Grand Lake. At places the water reaches depths of 300 m. Circled by rocky mountains and hills, the lake receives several major rivers that drain a large part of Labrador, including the Naskaupi and the Churchill. An air-force base was built at Happy Valley-Goose Bay during WWII; another settlement is North West River, a former trading post. The name refers to Viscount Melville (1742-1811), a prominent British politician.


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