Deep Lake

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The north and the location of Deep Lake
The north and the location of Deep Lake
Deep Lake
The north and the location of Deep Lake

Deep Lake is a castle along the Wall. The castle was abandoned some time ago by the Night's Watch due to the order's manpower shortages. To the east of Deep Lake sits Queensgate and to the west is the Nightfort.[1]

The castle is located seven miles[2] east of the Nightfort where the Wall curves around the southern shore of a beautiful green lake; a tributary flows west to the Milkwater.[3]


Deep Lake was built during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen as a smaller, cheaper replacement for the Nightfort. Queen Alysanne Targaryen convinced Lothor Burley, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, to replace the older castle. Deep Lake was paid for jewels donated by Alysanne and built over eight years by the men Jaehaerys sent north. A statue of Alysanne is outside the main hall.[2][4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Qhorin Halfhand suggests that the Night's Watch re-garrison Deep Lake in an effort to extend the Watch's defense of the Wall.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Commander Jon Snow considers re-garrisoning Deep Lake or Sable Hall with wildlings under the command of Halleck, although neither castle is ready for human habitation yet.[6] Jon later tells Torghen Flint that Deep Lake is garrisoned, although undermanned.[7]