Swim and Frolic in the Water at a Local Beach in the Kawarthas – Just for a Change
Although our getaway in the Kawarthas isn’t a waterfront property, we have access to the Trent-Severn Waterway, which offers a hard limestone shale bottom. Indeed, some of the rocky edges can feel sharp, and cuts are commonplace.
It’s still an exquisite swimming experience. Nonetheless, we’ve sometimes travelled to our local public beach on Blanchard’s Road just to enjoy the wade-in waterfront, the hard, sandy lake bottom, and the exhilarating freedom of swimming without water shoes.
Our local beach is sometimes a busy spot at prime time on a sultry summer afternoon. However, to our surprise we’ve noticed a shoreline utterly devoid of people on a lovely day at the Norland Beach on Shadow Lake Road 3. And this beach is delightful.
Here’s a list of public beaches in the Kawarthas that you may wish to give a whirl – if only just for a change.
Riverview Park – Mill Street, east of Highway 36
Beach Park – Kawartha Lakes Road 24 and Park Street
Coboconk and area
Coboconk Lions Park Beach – Highway 35
Sandy Beach – Blanchard’s Road
Lake Dalrymple – Carden Recreation Centre
Four Mile Lake – Hillside Drive
Centennial Park – Kawartha Lakes Road 33
Balsam Lake Provincial Park – Highway 48
Birch Point – Birch Point Road
Fenelon Falls and area
Garnet Graham Park – Francis Street
Verulam Park – Kawartha Lakes Road 30
Lindsay and area
Newman’s Beach – Port Hoover Road
Sandbar Beach – Sandbar Road, Valentia
Norland and area
Norland Beach – Shadow Lake Road 3
Pumphouse Beach – Kinmount
Omemee and area
Omemee Beach – George Street off Highway 7
Emily Provincial Park – Emily Park Road
Water quality testing
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit routinely tests area beaches to ensure they are safe for swimming. Beach water quality monitoring begins in June and continues until the end of August.
During the summer, the City of Kawartha Lakes lists weekly sampling results for its beaches on the health unit’s website at www.hkpr.on.ca.
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