Cranbrook Lake: 0052.0189

A LAKE FOR CRANBROOK – A Scheme To Bring The Water Off of Upper Moyie Lake To This City -

            There is a big scheme being talked of at the present time that has interested a lot of people who have always regretted that a city so magnificently located as Cranbrook is has no facilities for boating and bathing.  Just west of the city there is a large flat that is surrounded by hills in such a manner that it makes a natural reservoir, providing that a little work is done in a few of the outlets.  Many people have looked at this flat and remarked on the geographical conditions, saying that it should be turned into a lake for the benefit of the people of Cranbrook, but the great difficulty has been the lack of sufficient water to give the lake a respectable start.  There is a small creek flowing near the flat that would keep the water in splendid condition after the lake was once formed, but not large enough to make the original lake.  The property can be purchased at a price that is worth considering and a proposition has been made to furnish the water by drawing on the waters of upper Moyie Lake.  The distance from the flat to the head of Moyie Lake is about eleven miles and the altitude of the lake is 2,997 feet, while the altitude of Cranbrook is 2,964 feet, just 33 feet lower.  The plan is to lay a two inch pipe from the head of the lake to the flat just west of Cranbrook, and thus form a siphon larger than any that has been built in the world.  Just east of the apex, which would be near Rhoda, a connecting stand pipe would be erected, and the end of the long pipe at Cranbrook be plugged.  The pipe running from the apex to Cranbrook would be filled with water, and this could be secured from the pipe that furnished the East Kootenay mill.  It is a scientific fact that with the lower portion of the pipe filled with water and then the top end of the stand pipe plugged and the Cranbrook end of the long pipe opened the flow of water would draw the air from the Moyie end of the pipe and start in action a natural siphon that would continue to flow until the flat at Cranbrook would be filled, and Cranbrook would have a lake.  There could be no serious objections on the part of the people of Moyie, as the taking of the water from the upper Moyie Lake would only lower the southern portion for a short time.  Then the water in the upper lake is not the property of any individual or corporation, and can be taken by the Cranbrook company as well as not.  The cost of the people at 20 cents per foot for 58,980 feet would be $11,616 and the cost of laying not over $1,000 more.  The pipe could be left in position, and whenever the lake got low, as it might in July and August, the reserve in the upper Moyie lake could be drawn on at will.  The scheme would give to Cranbrook a fine summer resort, and would mean the formation of boat clubs, with handsome clubhouses on the lake shore, the buying of launches and canoes, and giving an opportunity for a grand annual aquatic carnival in this city.  Furthermore the lake could be stocked with fish and within a year or two be transformed into a regular piscatorial paradise.  The Herald trusts that the proposition will be taken up and the syndicate formed to handle the matter in a business like manner.

0052.0189: Cranbrook Lake

Scheme in the works for draining the upper Moyie Lake into a natural reservoir south of Cranbrook to turn it into a summer resort with boat clubs, clubhouses on the lake shore, boating and bathing facility.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  July 25, 1907
Pages:  2
Publisher:  Cranbrook Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0052)


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