Haliburton Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Haliburton Lake is located in Ontario, Canada in a region called the Haliburton Highlands. The name was given due to the beautiful scenery that resembles the Scottish Highlands and the Scottish ancestry of the founding population. Haliburton Lake is named after Thomas Chandler Haliburton, a man originally from Nova Scotia who moved to Ontario for a portion of his life. This lake is an excellent place to relax with a surface area of 2,502 acres and nearly 19 miles of secluded shoreline. Bring your family and friends to Haliburton Lake for year-round activities that will keep you entertained from day one.

Haliburton Lake has plenty of room for numerous species of aquatic life. Anglers will reel in a variety of fish such as trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, herring, pumpkinseed, spottail shiner, blunt nose minnow, pearl dace, trout perch, gold shiner, white sucker, burbot, brown bull-head, rock bass, yellow perch, and whitefish. The Kingscote trout is one of the rare species in the lake that generally spawns in Percy Lake and swims down the Gull River into Haliburton Lake. The Gull River runs through Haliburton Lake and connects it to Percy Lake and Moose Lake. Haliburton Lake is also home to wildlife such as wood ducks, mallards, heron, turtles, newts, frogs, as well as a large population of loon.

Haliburton Lake has a maximum depth of 180 feet and a mean depth of 57 feet for your fishing pleasure. Whether you’re a pro or a greenhorn, you can fish on Haliburton Lake during any season. During the open water season, trolling with artificial lures and angling along the rocky shoals and shallower bays are popular ways to catch trout and bass. If winter ice fishing is something you love or always wanted to try, visit during the colder months for still-fishing with minnows, frogs, and crayfish.

Haliburton Lake has two public boat launches and a private beach which is used for recreational activities. Enjoy the warm weather on or off the water with activities such as boating, water skiing, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, bowling, and paintballing. The surrounding area offers a multitude of concerts for public enjoyment. Haliburton is well known for its love of fine arts. There are museums and art galleries to visit, and performing art theatres to enjoy. During the winter months you can expect cross country skiing, dog sledding, downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Located in the Haliburton Highlands is the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve, a nature enthusiast’s dream with 60,000 acres of rolling hardwood forests, pristine lakes, meandering rivers and extensive wetlands. There are youth camps in the summer as well as outdoor education classes. With weekend getaways that involve activities ranging from dog sledding and snowmobile poker runs to wolf and wildlife searches, Haliburton Forest is sure to capture your interest.

Another excellent place to visit is the Algonquin Provincial Park in Central Ontario. It is the oldest provincial park and the one of the most popular in the country. It was named a national historic site in 1992 in recognition of many heritage values such as its role in development of park management and its role in inspiring artists, giving Canadians a greater sense of their country. The park allows fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, hiking, and camping. There is also a logging museum that features a logging camp, equipment, and panels on logging in the park.

No matter when you visit, Haliburton Lake is capable of catering to many different personalities. Spend a warm summer night in town listening to concert bands and dining at unique restaurants. There are arts and crafts tours to experience year round such as pottery on the wheel classes. Take the time to explore every side of Haliburton Lake. There are plenty of vacation rentals and real estate properties for sale.

Things to do at Haliburton Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Provincial Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Haliburton Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Burbot
  • Carp
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sucker
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow Perch

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Haliburton Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Parks Canada

Surface Area: 2,502 acres

Shoreline Length: 19 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,182 feet

Average Depth: 57 feet

Maximum Depth: 180 feet

Water Volume: 143,199 acre-feet

Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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- 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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