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Waterway: Balsam Lake (#1) – East (incl. Rosedale & Gull Rivers)

 Balsam Lake is a lake located in the Kawartha Lakes region of south central Ontario, Canada. It is 16 km long and averages 3 km wide, though its actual width varies due to the many large bays the carve its shoreline. The Gull River empties into the lake.
The lake is the highest point of the Trent-Severn Waterway; from here, the waterway descends to Georgian Bay in the northwest, and to Lake Ontario in the southeast.
The village of Coboconk, Ontario is located on the north side of the lake. Balsam Lake Provincial Parkis also located on the lake.
The lake offers excellent fishing for bass, walleye, and muskie. Mackenzie Bay in West Bay is a popular spot for boats to congregate on a warm summer day.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)
The Lost Treasure of Ghost Island (Hogg Island)
 
When the fall on New France was imminent, Jesuit priests whose missions were in this part of the country, gathered up all the church’s silver plate and left for Quebec in their canoes.  For some unexplained reason the missionaries, while travelling on Balsam Lake, decided to bury their precious cargo on this tiny island.  Years later, inhabitants of the district, convinced that the treasure was still there, tried to locate it.  In the 1870s a number of excavations could be seen, some quite extensive.  It was these attempts to find the silver that created the superstition that the place was haunted by spirits of the Jesuits and gave it the name of Ghost Island.  
(Courtesy of The Trent-Severn Waterway, C & E Theberge 1978)

Peterborough & The Kawarthas - 2017 Experience Directory

http://thekawarthas.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/PKT_M-16-1110_Directory_WEB-2.pdf


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Lake Information
Township Of Kawartha Lakes
Closest Town Coboconk, Rosedale
Waterway Length 16 kilometres/9.9 miles
Waterway Width 3 kilometres/1.9 miles
Total Surface Area 4665 hectares/11,526 acres
Perimeter Shoreline 63 kilometres/39.5 miles
Islands Shoreline 15.1 kilometres/9.4 miles
Maximum Depth 15.24 metres/48 feet
% of Crown Land
Estimated # of Residences on Waterway
Fish Species Walleye
Muskie
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yellow Perch
Carp
Northern Pike
Black Crappie
Boat Launches Bridge Street, Rosedale, ON
Driftwood Village Road, Coboconk, ON
Summerside Road, Coboconk, ON
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balsam_Lake_(Ontario)
Cottage Association Balsam Lake Association
Cottage Association Website http://balsamlakeassociation.ca
Cottage Association Facebook
Conservation Information

Kawartha Conservation
www.kawarthaconservation.com

Tourism Information

Trent-Severn Waterway
http://www.trentsevern.com/index.php

Peterborough & The Kawarthas Tourism
www.thekawarthas.ca

City of Kawartha Lakes
www.explorekawarthalakes.ca

Provincial Parks

Balsam Lake Provincial Park, 2238 Hwy 48, Kirkfield, K0M 2B0
https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/balsamlake

Indian Point Provincial Park
https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/indianpoint

Marina Name
Marina Website
Dockside Fuel
Repairs
Restaurant
RV Parks-Campgrounds
Cottage Rentals
Sources
  • Various Canadian and Ontario Government MNR, Ontario Tourism and Environment publications.
  • Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
  • Cottage Association publications and our own observations while filming.

Disclaimer

This information is intended for general use only. We do not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

If you notice an error or have information on this waterway that we could use, please email us at info@ecottagefilms.com.

  Waterway Description Town Film Code Viewing Time
VIEW Rosedale River - South Shore Rosedale Code # ON-00521-1 11.29
VIEW Rosedale River - North Shore Rosedale Code # ON-00521-2 8.41
VIEW Peace Point Area Rosedale Code # ON-00521-3 11.40
VIEW Cherry & Delaware Islands Rosedale Code # ON-00521-4 5.01
VIEW Royal Cedar Area Fenelon Falls Code # ON-00521-5 14.51
VIEW Burnett Shore Area Fenelon Falls Code # ON-00521-6 5.55
VIEW Ball Island Fenelon Falls Code # ON-00521-7 6.47
VIEW Juniper Isle Area Coboconk Code # ON-00521-8 12.36
VIEW Driftwood Village Area Coboconk Code # ON-00521-9 12.35
VIEW Lightning Point Coboconk Code # ON-00521-10 11.07
VIEW Gull River - South East Shore Coboconk Code # ON-00521-11 8.05
VIEW Gull River - North East Shore Coboconk Code # ON-00521-12 6.14
VIEW Gull River - West Shore Coboconk Code # ON-00521-13 8.53
VIEW Hogg Island Area Coboconk Code # ON-00521-14 4.24

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