Right next to the lake is the monument that is dedicated to the United States soldiers that were lost in the sinking of the US Corp of Engineers Pontoon Barge on May 14, 1942 at Charlie Lake BC. The soldiers were here to help build the Alaska Highway. As the posted information indicates, the barge was powered by two 22 horespower motors and proceeded north in rough waters to deliver equipment, supplies and men to the north end of the lake, some 20 km. When the waves reached two to three feet the barge went under when it was in the middle of the lake. A homesteader saw it happen and rowed his boat to the scene. He was able to rescue 5 of the seventeen men. The monument was erected in 2008 at mile 52 of the Alaska Highway. DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com