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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lake Kan-Ac-To

Everyone's favorite lake, Lake Kan-Ac-To, is deeper than one might think at first glance. Though the surface area is a bit under two square miles, Kan-Ac-To is as deep as 80 feet at some points. Geologically speaking, the lake is a kettle lake. During the most recent ice age the glaciers receded north. As massive chunks of ice cleaved off the glaciers, large holes were left in the ground. These "kettles" filled with melt water and precipitation to form ponds and lakes. In Kan-Ac-To's case, a spring feeds from underneath, preventing it from drying up during exceptionally rain-less season.

A map of Woodcraft property from Chief Abbott's "Founder's Folder."
Despite being fed by a spring, Kan-Ac-To is susceptible to losing some water during very dry summers precede by winters without much snow. The summer of 2012 was a good example. If you looks closely, the picture below shows a fairly large gap between the surface of the water and the bottom of the docks.

Kan-Ac-To in September of 2012
During the spring melt after a nice, snowy winter, the water surface can rise to touch the bottom of the docks. In fact, after a snowy winter and a rainy spring, the marshy area near Trail Camp and Wilderness will almost connect Kan-Ac-To and Te-Jec-Na.


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