Make that Lewis Lake

Make that Lewis Lake Your Feb. 29, 2012 story about accomplished artist Daphne Mennell gives the location as "Lewes Lake." Contrary to the posted highway sign, directing one to "Lewes Lake," to the best of my knowledge, there isn't any "Lewes Lake" in t

Your Feb. 29, 2012 story about accomplished artist Daphne Mennell gives the location as “Lewes Lake.”

Contrary to the posted highway sign, directing one to “Lewes Lake,” to the best of my knowledge, there isn’t any “Lewes Lake” in the Yukon. There was once a “Lewes River” before it was officially made a part of the Yukon River.

The lake in question was named after Alfred B. Lewis, an engineer with the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, then building the railway from Carcross to Whitehorse.

The lake was much larger, but in an abortive attempt to lower the lake by just a few feet, they inadvertently caused a wall of water that almost flooded out Carcross.

Carl Mulvihill

Skagway