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About Balsam Lake - Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Balsam Lake

Located in the picturesque Kawarthas, Balsam Lake is an all-season recreational park along the Trent-Severn Waterway. In summer, swim at a clean, safe beach, hike to a lookout tower, fish for bass, SUP (Stand-up Paddleboard), sail and windsurf. Come in spring for wildflowers and in October for autumn glory. Balsam Lake has the highest elevation in the Kawartha Lakes. Read more on year-round recreational opportunities on Balsam Lake.

With its crystal-clear waters, large private bays, and sandy beaches, Balsam Lake is the perfect place for a summer visit or to live full-time in a waterfront home. It is often referred to as the jewel of the Kawarthas.

Balsam Lake is less than 30 minutes away from Bobcaygeon and offers the very best of Kawartha Waterfront Living. Being at the highest point of the Trent-Severn Waterway, and more importantly the highest point in North America - you can circumvent the world by boat.

It is a prestigious lake with many large bays that carve its shoreline. Cottages for sale on Balsam Lake are much sought after and sell quickly. Read 8 reasons why people love Balsam Lake.

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Balsam Lake Facts:

(From Wikipedia)

Latitude: 44° 36′
Longitude: 78° 50′
Surface elevation: 256.3 meters (841 ft)
Length: 16 kilometres (9.9 miles)
Width: 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) although its actual width varies given the many large bays that carve its shoreline
Shoreline: 63.6 kilometres (39.5 miles)
Area: 5,065 hectares (12,515 acres)
Maximum depth: 15.24 metres (50 feet)
Mean depth: 5 metres (16.3 feet)


Primary inflows: Gull River
Primary outflows: Balsam River and Trent Canal
Islands: Hogg Island, Ball Island, Delamere Island, Ant Island, and Grand Island
Common tree species: Cedar, White Birch, White Spruce, White Pine, Oak, and Hard Maple
Wildlife: Deer, fox, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks, beavers, coyotes, birds, and black bears

Nearby towns:

  • Coboconk, a bustling summer hub, is situated on highway 35 on the north side of Balsam Lake
  • Lindsay offers fine shops and eateries. The town’s wide main street, Kent Street, with its century old buildings, is evocative of a New England scene
  • Bobcaygeon, a popular place for summer tourists and vacationers, has many boutiques, restaurants, and outdoor cafés
  • Fenelon Falls has a charming small-town feel and diverse amenities that draw visitors


Map of Balsam Lake

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Depth: 14.9 metres at the depest point on average is about 5 metres deep
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