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Husky Lakes

Husky Lakes, 880 km2, lie along the southern edge of the Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula, NWT, and drain into Liverpool Bay on the Beaufort Sea. Though commonly known as Husky Lakes, the name “Eskimo Lakes” still appears in certain maps and literature. (See also Eskimo.)


Husky Lakes are tidal lakes, with tide heights averaging 2 m, and occupy a fault zone separating geological blocks. The lakes are almost partitioned into several separate water bodies by bow-shaped, nearly parallel, ridge-like peninsulas that project across them from north and south shores. These relic ice-pushed ridges narrow the lakes to less than 50 m in places and are highest at the inland end of the lakes, reaching heights of 30 m. Inland the lakes are shallow (10 m) and flat-bottomed, deepening towards the outlet to 66 m with uneven lake beds.