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Anderson Lake is located about 25 miles west of the town of Lillooet, British Columbiamarker and is about 285 kmĀ² (100 sq mi) in area and around 21 km (13 mi) in length. It is drained by the Seton Rivermarker, which feeds Seton Lakemarker and so the Fraser River. It is fed by the Gates Rivermarker, which drains from the Pemberton Passmarker divide with the Birkenhead Rivermarker valley towards Pembertonmarker-Mount Currie.

It and Seton Lakemarker were originally the same lake, which was cut in half between ten and twenty thousand years ago by a large landslide from the north face of the Cayoosh Range, which fronts Anderson Lake on the east. The slide created a locality known today as Seton Portagemarker, which played a key role on the route of the Douglas Road during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858-59. At its head, near the mouth of the Gates River, is the community of D'Arcymarker, the St'at'imcets name for which is N'quatquamarker. Also on the lake is the resort/retirement community of McGillivray Fallsmarker (pron. McGill-vah-ree) which served as a relocation centre for Japanese-Canadians during their World War II forced exile from the British Columbia Coast.

Overlooking the lake from the north is the southeast flank of the Bendor Range, along the base of which runs the British Columbia Railway, now owned by Canadian National Railways and originally built as the Pacific Great Eastern. Skirting the shoulder of the Bendor Range high above the lake is a powerline road, known as the High Line Road, connecting D'arcy to Seton Portagemarker, and from near D'Arcy a trail traverses the high McGillivray Passmarker to the gold towns of Bralornemarker and Pioneer and the rest of the upper Bridge River Country.

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