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Waterway: Rice Lake – North

Directions:
Found just north of the Highway #401 and south of Peterborough, Rice Lake if the first of the chain of Kawartha Lakes that stretches west towards Lake Simcoe.  The main launch is found off of Highway #28 in the town of Bewdley. At the east end the town of Hastings has boat launch facilities.   You will find Hastings by following County Road #45 north of Cobourg from the Highway #401.
(Courtesy of Back Road Map Books.com)
How Rice Lake Got Its Name
Stretching out from cedar groves on the north side of Rice Lake, golden fingers of wild rice once reached across the water and in places almost grasped the far shore.  The rice plants, some of which stood four feet above the lake, were so thick that they hid much of the surface.  For centuries, Indians guided their birch bark canoes through these rice beds on autumn days to harvest the highly prized grain.  They would grasp and bend the stems, then strike the crown of the plant with their hands or paddles so that the rice would fall into the canoe.  When it was filled, often with as much as ten or twelve  bushels of grain, the canoe would be paddled back to shore to be unloaded by women of the tribe.  
 
Today there is no longer rice in Rice Lake.  Over-harvesting, changes in water levels (estimated to be increased by six feet since the dam at Hastings was built), and the introduction of carp have destroyed the once-flourishing beds.
(Courtesy of The Trent-Severn Waterway, C & E Theberge, 1978) 

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Lake Information
Township Of Otonabee - South Monaghan
Closest Town Hastings, Keene, Hiawatha
Waterway Length 37 kilometres/23 miles
Waterway Width 4.8 kilometres/3 miles
Total Surface Area 9156 hectares/22,625 acres
Perimeter Shoreline
Islands Shoreline
Maximum Depth 13.4 metres/43 feet
% of Crown Land
Estimated # of Residences on Waterway
Fish Species Walleye
Muskie
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yellow Perch
Black Crappie
Carp
Boat Launches Birdsall Line, Hastings, ON
Paudash Street East, Hiawatha, ON (fee)
Wood Duck Drive, Bailieboro, ON
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_Lake_(Ontario)
Cottage Association Rice Lake Tourist Association
Cottage Association Website http://ricelakecanada.com
Cottage Association Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RiceLakeON/
Conservation Information

Otonabee Regional Conservation Authority

http://www.otonabee.com

Tourism Information

Rice Lake Tourism Association

http://ricelakecanada.com

 

Provincial Parks

Serpent Mounds Park (National Historic Site of Canada)
221 Serpent Mounds Rd, Keene, ON

http://www.hiawathafirstnation.com/business-tourism/serpent-mounds-park/

Birdsall Wildlife Area, Birdsall Line, Hastings, ON

http://www.osmtownship.ca/en/things-to-do/Wildlife-Areas.aspx

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 Holiday Pines Area Hastings Code # ON-00722-1 12.38
VIEW Birdsall Area Hastings Code # ON-00722-2 6.22
VIEW Bellemere Area Keene Code # ON-00722-3 4.22
VIEW Elmhirst Area Keene Code # ON-00722-4 14.33
VIEW Lower Foley Island Keene Code # ON-00722-5 4.34
VIEW Shanty Shore Area Keene Code # ON-00786-2 5.39
VIEW Serpent Mounds Keene Code # ON-00786-3 5:38
VIEW McGregor Bay Keene Code # ON-00786-4 12:10
VIEW Paudash Area Hiawatha Code # ON-00722-6 12.04
VIEW Sunshine Cove Area Hiawatha Code # ON-00722-7 8.48
VIEW Cow Island Bailieboro Code # ON-00722-8 14.16
VIEW Islandview Area Bailieboro Code # ON-00722-9 5.46
VIEW Southview Area Bailieboro Code # ON-00722-10 14.54
VIEW Long Island - West Shore Bailieboro Code # ON-00722-11 9.00
VIEW Long Island - East Shore Bailieboro Code # ON-00722-12 14.18
VIEW Long Island - South Point Bailieboro Code # ON-00722-13 4.45
VIEW Pengelly Landing Area Bailieboro Code # ON-00722-14 13.39

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