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{{Infobox lake
| name = Kootenay Lake<ref name=museum>{{cite web |url= http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Hydro/en/stories/rivers.php |publisher= [[Virtual Museum of Canada|Virtual Museum]] |title= Balance of Power, Hydroelectric Development in Southeastern BC, Kootenay Lake |accessdate= February 15, 2011 |deadurl= yes |archiveurl= https://web.archive.org/web/20110629022205/http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Hydro/en/stories/rivers.php |archivedate= June 29, 2011 |df= }}</ref>
| image = Kootenaylakemap.png
| caption = Map of Kootenay Lake, British Columbia
}}
'''Kootenay Lake''' is a [[lake]] located in [[British Columbia]], [[Canada]] and is part of the
[[Kootenay River]]. The lake has been raised by the [[Corra Linn Dam]] and has a dike system at the southern end, which, along with industry in the 1950s-70s, has changed the ecosystem in and around the water. The [[Kootenay Lake Ferry|Kootenay Lake ferry]] is a year-round toll-free ferry that crosses between [[Kootenay Bay, British Columbia|Kootenay Bay]] and [[Balfour, British Columbia|Balfour]] and is the [http://kootenaylake.bc.ca/the-east-shore/kootenay-lake/getting-here/kootenay-lake-ferry/ longest free scenic ferry in the world.] The lake is a popular summer tourist destination.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://wldb.ilec.or.jp/Lake.asp?LakeID=NAM-25 |title=International Lake Environment Committee, Promoting Sustainable Management of the World's Lakes and Reservoirs, KOOTENAY LAKE, February 15, 2011 |publisher=Wldb.ilec.or.jp |date= |accessdate=2013-05-02 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20120318004019/http://wldb.ilec.or.jp/Lake.asp?LakeID=NAM-25 |archivedate=March 18, 2012 |df= }}</ref>
 
== Geography ==
== History ==
 
Kootenay Lake is part of the traditional territory of the [[Sinixt]] and [[Ktunaxa]] peoples.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.vancouverisland.com/regions/towns/?townid=4108 |title=Vancouver Island, Kootenay Lake, Kootenays, BC, Retrieved February 15, 2011 |publisher=Vancouverisland.com |date= |accessdate=2013-05-02 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20140714143302/http://www.vancouverisland.com/regions/towns/?townid=4108 |archivedate=July 14, 2014 |df= }}</ref> These native populations used the lake and associated river systems as part of their seasonal migration and trading routes.<ref name=lake>[http://www.ilec.or.jp/database/nam/nam-25.html, International Lake Environment Committee, Promoting Sustainable Management of the World's Lakes and Reservoirs, KOOTENAY LAKE, Retrieved February 15, 2011.]</ref>
 
In 1958 the [[Kootenay Lake Crossing]], an [[Electric power transmission|electrical power line]], was built, running across the north arm of Kootenay Lake. It was destroyed in 1962 by protestors and rebuilt later that year.<ref>[http://www.fortisbc.com/about_fortisbc/company/history.html Fortis BC, Retrieved February 15, 2011.] {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20101224212908/http://www.fortisbc.com/about_fortisbc/company/history.html |date=December 24, 2010 }}</ref>