Bass Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Nestled in the heart of Ontario’s lake country, Bass Lake is a popular 1,000-acre recreational lake just west of the town of Orillia. Only 60 miles from Toronto, the lake is an easy trek for a weekend getaway. Vacation rentals in the area are plentiful, many with lake frontage or spectacular lake views.

Bass Lake is located in the southeast corner of Oro-Medonte Township. The lake was formed more than 10,000 years ago when waves in post-glacial Lake Algonquin (which included all of Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior), pushed up a barrier beach along the north edge of present-day Bass Lake. As the water level slowly dropped, water in the deepest depressions remained, forming Bass Lake and many other lakes in the area. The North River now cuts through the barrier beach, into Bass Lake, and exists northeast to Matchedash Bay.

Beautiful Bass Lake Provincial Park sits on the western shore of Bass Lake. The 160-acre park offers visitors a boat launch and docking facilities, sandy beaches and swimming areas, picnic facilities, a children’s playground, hiking trails, and boat rentals. The park also features a large campground with electrical hook-ups. All sites have fire pits and picnic tables. Bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, water taps for fresh drinking water, and vault toilets are scattered throughout the campgrounds. A walking trail follows the shoreline of Bass Lake and allows guests to explore the remains of the homestead of Basil H. Rowe who settled near the lake in the 1830s.

All types of water sports can be enjoyed on Bass Lake. Canoes and kayaks are a common sight on the water; power boating, water skiing, jet-skiing, tubing, sailing, and windsurfing allow visitors to enjoy the lake at any speed. Bass Lake offers anglers some excellent fishing, and true to its namesake, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are the predominate species. Crappie, perch and sunfish can also be found in the lake.

Often called “cottage-country”, Bass Lake is located in an area rich with sparkling lakes and vacation rentals. Fishing resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, private cottages and luxurious lakeshore homes are plentiful. Towns around the lake offer motels, condos and other lodging. Over 60 percent of Bass Lake’s shoreline is developed, and real estate for purchase or rent is available in the pristine wilderness setting. With an average depth of 10 feet, Bass Lake is a great family lake for swimming and other forms of recreation.

Winter activities on Bass Lake include cross country skiing, showshowing, ice fishing and hiking. Bass Lake Provincial Park is open during the winter months and allows everything except snowmobiles.

The city of Orillia is just east of Bass Lake. Located on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, Orillia offers an abundance of outdoor recreation. Lake Simcoe is one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes that freezes completely in the winter. Because of this, Lake Simcoe is known as the “Ice Fishing Capital of North America”. For warmer fun, a casino, hotel, and entertainment complex operated by the First Nation Chippewa is located along the eastern shore of Lake Couchiching and is a popular tourist attraction. The Port of Orillia provides docking and launching facilities just a short distance from downtown where visitors can discover fascinating shops, enjoy showcase theater, superb dining, and historical sites. Paved walking trails can also be found throughout the city.

Hikers and bikers visiting Bass Lake will find a number of trails in the area including the Uthoff Trail from Orillia to Coldwater and the Lightfoot/Millennium Trail system in Orillia. Both trails are part of the Trans-Canada Trail. There are also several wildlife reserve/wetland areas with trail systems and boardwalks, including the Cowan Trail at Matchedash Bay and the Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club trail near Bass Lake Park.

Located in the heart of central Ontario, the Bass Lake area is filled with beautiful lakes, fascinating attractions, and rolling hills. Try your hand at ice fishing in the winter or sunbathe and sail in the summer. Either way, Bass Lake is an outdoor paradise.

Things to do at Bass Lake ON

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Provincial Park
  • Playground
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Bass Lake ON

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 1,000 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 725 feet

    Average Depth: 10 feet

    Maximum Depth: 32 feet

    Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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