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Lake Panache

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Lake Panache is a large, freshwater lake located in the Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada.  A small portion of the lake lies within the southernmost city limits of the City of Greater Sudbury, approximately 10 kilometres south of the community of Whitefish.  A significant portion of the lake lies within Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Whitefish Lake First Nation).

The lake's westernmost point lies within Foster township near Espanola, and its easternmost point lies within Bevin township south of Lively.

Its main water inflow and outflow is the Whitefish River system.  Part of the lake's southern shore forms the boundary of Killarney Lakelands and Headwaters Provincial Park, a proposed extension of Killarney Provincial Park. The lake does not, however, lie anywhere within the current boundaries of Killarney Provincial Park.

The Walker Dam in the southwest corner of Lake Panache controls water levels within the lake and several other lakes downstream.  LPCA Member Ken Gibbons compiled a history of the Walker Dam from Ministry of Natural Resources records.  Thanks Ken!

The lake was originally named Panache (in the sense of style or flair) for its resemblance to a moose antler. It is not known exactly when the lake was so named, although the name appears on maps of the area dating as far back as 1863.  Over time, however, the common English spelling of the name morphed into Penage.  More recently, official usage has reverted to the original Panache spelling, although Penage is still sometimes seen in everyday usage.

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46°15′N 81°19′W / 46.25, -81.317


Lake Panache has 45 permanent residents and 470 seasonal/recreational residents.

Location and Lake Characteristics

Lake Panache is located in Dieppe township. Lake Panache is 8034.1 hectares in size and has a shoreline perimeter of 417.9 kilometres. The maximum depth of Lake Panache is 55 metres. View maps of Lake Panache.

Watershed Information

Lake Panache is located in the Panache watershed. For more information on the watershed, please click on the following link: Watershed Map.

Source: City of Greater Sudbury