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Jasper Lake

Location: Jasper National Park, Highway 16, east of Jasper Townsite, AB, Canada, UTM: 11U 430809 E / 5881751 N

Vital Statistics: Elevation: 1003 Metres (3,290 Feet)  

Formation Mechanism:  

Topographic Map: 83e01 Snaring River

Description: Jasper Lake’s water level fluctuates dramatically with the spring runoff. Essentially, it is a swelling of the Athabasca River when the water floods this large floodplain. As the annual flooding occurs, the river leaves behind very fine glacial gravels. These are exposed when the levels drop, and the strong winds turn the sands into dunes. One series of dunes has separated Jasper Lake from Talbot Lake. The Yellowhead Highway crosses this causeway as it follows the shoreline of Jasper Lake. Eventually, the Athabasca River will carve a deeper channel, and the annual process of flooding will be lost. Thus will be the final moments of Jasper Lake.

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