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Waterway: Sand Lake

Sand Lake is one of the best known lakes along the Rideau Waterway in Eastern Ontario. Sand Lake is the location of idyllic Birch Island and home to many cottages. The lake was increased in size by the building of the Jones Falls Dam during construction of the Rideau Canal. A central crossing for boaters navigating the canal, Sand Lake is home to two of the canal’s more famous locks. Sand Lake, once called Davis Lake after the settler who built the first sawmill, connects to Opinicon Lake via the Davis Locks. Considered a ‘solitude’ lock because of its remote location, there are no local services nearby. Because of the distance to the nearest marina, the lock provides overnight docking, shore power, water, phone, restrooms and picnic area. The restored defensible lockmasters house is open for exploration.

Known to support smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow pickerel, rock bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, black crappie and yellow perch, largemouth bass are the game fish Sand Lake is best known for. The many islands and bays create a variety of underwater habitat in which to try their luck. As is true with some of the other excellent fishing lakes along the Rideau Waterway, portions of Sand Lake are totally off-limits for fishing. These protected spawning areas assure a continuous healthy fish population in the lakes. 

Although there are many seasonal cottages and some year-round homes along the Sand Lake shoreline, much of the remaining surrounding land is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. These designations help to preserve the rural character of the local countryside.

(Courtesy of Lakelubbers.com)

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Lake Information
Township Of Rideau Lakes
Closest Town Elgin
Waterway Length
Waterway Width
Total Surface Area 891 hectares/2202 acres
Perimeter Shoreline 65.5 kilometres/40.7 miles
Islands Shoreline
Maximum Depth 14.3 metres/47 feet
% of Crown Land
Estimated # of Residences on Waterway
Fish Species Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Northern Pike
Lake Whitefish
Black Crappie
Yellow Perch
Brook Trout
Splake
Boat Launches Glover Road, Elgin, ON
Battams Road, Elgin, ON
Wikipedia
Cottage Association Birch Island Association
Cottage Association Website http://www.birchisland.info
Cottage Association Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/212045242261468/
Conservation Information

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority

http://www.crca.ca

Tourism Information

Rideau Canal

http://www.rideau-info.com/canal/index.html

Rideau Heritage Route – Explore Our Heritage, Explore Our Culture

http://www.rideauheritageroute.ca/en/

Westport & Rideau Lakes Tourism

http://www.therideaucalls.ca

Discover Leeds and Grenville

https://discover.leedsgrenville.com/en/index.aspx

Provincial Parks

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve

http://www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca

Marina Name Sand Lake Marine
Marina Website http://www.sandlakemarine.com/index.htm
Dockside Fuel Yes
Repairs Yes
Restaurant Snack Bar only
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 Myers Bay Elgin Code # ON-00728-1 9.07
VIEW Oliver Point Area Elgin Code # ON-00728-2 9.54
VIEW Powells Bay Elgin Code # ON-00728-3 11.00
VIEW West Bay Elgin Code # ON-00728-4 13.32
VIEW Walnut Point - North Shore Elgin Code # ON-00728-5 10.04
VIEW Walnut Point - South Shore Elgin Code # ON-00728-6 12.52
VIEW Pine Ridge Area Elgin Code # ON-00728-7 7.48
VIEW Davis Lock & Elliot Bay Elgin Code # ON-00728-8 7.45
VIEW York Bay Elgin Code # ON-00728-9 5.44
VIEW Hanlon Bay Elgin Code # ON-00728-10 7.58
VIEW Birch Island - North Shore Elgin Code # ON-00728-11 12.32
VIEW Birch Island - South Shore Elgin Code # ON-00728-12 14.19
VIEW Eel Bay & The Quarters Elgin Code # ON-00728-13 7.01
VIEW Jones Falls Area Elgin Code # ON-00728-14 13.54
VIEW Glovers Bay Area Elgin Code # ON-00728-15 10.19

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