An inlet is a narrow body of water between islands or leading inland from a larger body of water, often leading to an enclosed body of water, such as a sound, bay, lagoon, or marsh. In sea coasts, an inlet usually refers to the actual connection between a bay and the ocean and is often called an "entrance" or a recession in the shore of a sea, lake, or river. A certain kind of inlet created by glaciation is a fjord, typically but not always in mountainous coastlines and also in montane lakes.

Complexes of large inlets or fjords may be called sounds, e.g., Puget Sound, Howe Sound, Karmsund (sund is Scandinavian for "sound"). Some fjord-type inlets are called canals, e.g., Portland Canal, Lynn Canal, Hood Canal, and some are channels, e.g., Dean Channel, Douglas Channel, Amsterdam Channel.

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South Coast Of British Columbia - Major Inlets
... Here are the most important fjords, inlets, straits and sounds, including those important for reasons other than their size, listed south to north ... Wark"), backside of Tsimpsean Peninsula Portland Inlet Khutzeymateen Inlet Portland Canal Observatory Inlet Nass Bay (Nass River estuary) Pearse Canal The many fjord-like waterways between the coast ...
Steensby Inlet
... Steensby Inlet is a waterway in Nunavut's Qikiqtaaluk Region ... There are several unnamed islands within the inlet, and Koch Island lies outside of it ... The Steensby Inlet Ice Stream arose after the deglaciation of Foxe Basin ...
Levasseur Inlet
... Levasseur Inlet (72°35′N 085°35′W / 72.583°N 85.583°W / 72.583 -85.583 (Levasseur Inlet)Coordinates 72°35′N 085°35′W / 72.583°N 85.583°W / 72.583 -85 ... It lies on the eastern side of Admiralty Inlet on Baffin Island's Borden Peninsula ...
Liddon Gulf
75°0′N 113°0′W / 75.000°N 113.000°W / 75.000 -113.000) is a large inlet on the south-west side of Melville Island, Northwest Territories, Canada ... Strait Hazen Strait Kellett Strait Liddon Gulf M'Clure Strait Minto Inlet Murray Inlet Prince of Wales Strait Richard Collinson Inlet Prince Albert Sound Wilkins Strait ...

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    As for the inlet or outlet of Walden, I have not yet discovered any but rain and snow and evaporation, though perhaps, with a thermometer and a line, such places may be found.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

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