Arrow Lakes

ARROW LAKES, 499 sq km, are part of the COLUMBIA R system in southeast BC. They form an elongated reservoir stretching 232 km from REVELSTOKE to CASTLEGAR. Originally 2 LAKES connected by a river, they merged in 1969 when the KEENLEYSIDE DAM near Castlegar backed up water to its present levels, drowning several small lakeside communities. A lock carries boat traffic around the dam. Upper Arrow Lk (301 sq km) was part of the late 19th-century MINING boom and PADDLEWHEEL STEAMERS operated for...

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