Amisk (Beaver) Lake
Detail of David Thompson's 1814 map of Amisk Lake
Amisk (Beaver) Lake
Amisk (Beaver) Lake
Coordinates54°34′N 102°14′W / 54.567°N 102.233°W / 54.567; -102.233Coordinates: 54°34′N 102°14′W / 54.567°N 102.233°W / 54.567; -102.233
Lake typeglacial
Primary inflowsSturgeon-Weir River (West Weir)[1]
Primary outflowsSturgeon-Weir River (South Weir)[1]
Basin countriesCanada
Surface area430 km2 (170 sq mi)
Surface elevation294 m (965 ft)
IslandsMissi, Crater and many other islands[1]
SettlementsDenare Beach

Amisk (Beaver) Lake is a lake in east-central Saskatchewan (southwest of Flin Flon) in Canada. 'Amisk' means beaver in Cree.[1] Saskatchewan Highway 167 provides road access. Denare Beach, the largest settlement, is located on the east side of the lake.[3]


Amisk Lake is on the Sturgeon-Weir River,[4] an important part of the canoe route from eastern Canada to the rich Lake Athabasca country. There was an independent trading post on Amisk Lake (Beaver Lake) in 1775 and a Hudson's Bay Company trading post in 1776.[5]

Frobisher-Henry Fort

In June 1775 Alexander Henry the elder left Montreal with 16 canoes and goods worth £3,000. On Lake Winnipeg he was joined by Peter Pond, Joseph Frobisher and Thomas Frobisher. From the new Hudson's Bay Company post at Cumberland Lake Henry and the two Frobishers went north up the Sturgeon-Weir hoping to reach Frog Portage where Thomas had traded successfully the previous year. They crossed Amisk Lake on the first of November and the next morning it was frozen over. Since there was good fishing they stopped at the mouth of the West Weir and built a fort.[1] On the first of January Henry set out on foot and spent three months visiting the Indians. Next spring they went north to Frog Portage and were successful in trade. Joseph Frobisher maintained the post of Amisk Lake until it was abandoned in 1778.[citation needed]

Fish Species

The fish species include walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, lake trout, lake whitefish, cisco, white sucker, longnose sucker and burbot. Smallmouth bass are stocked in nearby Konuto Lake.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Marchildon, Greg; Robinson (Sid) (2002). Canoeing the Churchill A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway. Regina: University of Regina. pp. 353–372. ISBN 0-88977-148-0.
  2. ^ Atlas of Canada. "Rivers in Canada". Archived from the original on 10 April 2007. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  3. ^ "Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Geographical Names (Amisk Lake)". Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  4. ^ "Sturgeon-Weir River". Retrieved 2013-02-18.
  5. ^ "ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SASKATCHEWAN (list of forts in Northern Saskatchewan)". Retrieved 2013-02-18.