Atlin Lake


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Atlin Lake

(ăt`lĭn), long, irregular mountain lake, c.300 sq mi (780 sq km), NW British Columbia, Canada, touching the Yukon boundary. It is the source of the Yukon River. The town of Atlin is on the east shore and is the headquarters of the Atlin dist., a region in which there is both placer and quartz gold mining. The region is noted for its scenery and its hunting.
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A DECADE AGO, I WAS CAMPING ON THE shores of Atlin Lake, tucked in the northwestern corner of British Columbia, just outside the sleepy, eponymous town that was founded after gold was discovered in Pine Creek in 1898.
Atlin Lake is a torrent and was impossible to traverse, so a four-mile railroad was built to the shoreline, where passengers boarded another paddlewheel boat to make the crossing to Atlin.