Lake Opinicon, Ontario, Canada
Also known as: Rideau Lakes
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Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Lake Opinicon
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Lake Opinicon Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Lake Opinicon Gifts
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All About Lake Opinicon
Opinicon Lake is part of a chain of lakes known as the Rideau Waterway in Ontario, Canada. The lake is connected to others by a canal system called the Rideau Canal. The Canal has 45 locks at 23 stations connecting more than eight lakes including Lower Rideau Lake, Big Rideau Lake, Upper Rideau Lake, Newboro Lake, Clear Lake, Indian Lake, Sand Lake, and Whitefish Lake. These lakes are a large part of Canadian history dating back to the 1800s, and many still operate with wooden doors and hand cranks. Opinicon Lake connects to Indian Lake through the Chaffey’s Lock, and to Sand Lake through the Davis Lock. With endless amounts of entertainment, Opinicon Lake is sure to capture your heart.
With a maximum depth of 35 feet and an average depth of 8 feet, Opinicon Lake has 1,944 acres of dazzling blue waters. Anglers will reel in species such as walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch. Whether you’re boating, canoeing, or kayaking you will see your share of wildlife. Loon, blue heron, osprey, and other waterfowl inhabit the area and stop off at the lake during the spring and fall. Turtles and frogs are plentiful in the lake. While sailing the open waters, expect to see turtles sunbathing on a log, beavers gathering wood, otters making a splash, and even muskrats following your wake. You won’t have to leave the shore to see hummingbirds flit back and forth and fireflies light up the night.
For those keen on seeing more wildlife, plan a day hike on the Rideau Trail. This popular trail crosses a range of terrain from placid farmland to the rugged Canadian Shield. The trail provides 240 miles of both public and private lands available to hike, snowshoe, and cross-country ski. For a less arduous hike, try the Cataraqui Trail just north of Opinicon Lake. The trail offers exquisite views following the Napanee River and former Canadian National Railway line. Visit during any season for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
To the northwest is Murphys Point Provincial Park, offering groomed trails and guided tours of a restored mica mine. The park also offers boat-in campsites at Big Rideau Lake. With its mix of open fields, mature forests and wetlands, Murphys Point offers a diversity of wildlife such as deer, porcupine, coyote, mink, fisher, and waterfowl. The park offers excellent birding opportunities and wildflower displays. During the spring and early summer catch a glimpse of scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, yellow warblers and Baltimore orioles.
Opinicon Lake is full of life no matter what season you decide to visit. The winter brings many visitors to Portland city for the annual international speed skating tournament along Big Rideau Lake. The tournament is known as Skate the Lake, but is not the only popular place to ice skate. A section of the Rideau Canal becomes the world’s largest ice skating rink with nearly 5 miles of ice for your skating pleasure. The Township of the Rideau Lakes also hosts many annual events including gardening shows, cycling tours, camps, and music festivals.
Opinicon Lake has plenty of museums to satisfy any history buff. At the northern tip of the lake is Chaffey’s Lock. There you will find the Lockmaster’s House Museum. Built in 1844, the house acted as a low cost substitute for a blockhouse to defend the canal against American-based raiders. Make your way over to Delta to see the Old Stone Mill built in 1810. It is one of the earliest surviving, fully automatic, grist mills of Upper Canada and has been declared a National Historic Site.
With plenty of vacation rentals and real estate properties for sale, Opinicon Lake has plenty to offer. Take the time to plan a trip here with your family and friends and enjoy the year-round fun.
Things to Do at Lake Opinicon
- Vacation Rentals
- Ice Skating
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Provincial Park
Fish Species Found at Lake Opinicon
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Northern Pike
- Smallmouth Bass
- Yellow Perch
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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Opinicon Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
- Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
- TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
- Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
- KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
- RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
- CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Opinicon Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed
Water Level Control: Parks Canada
Surface Area: 1,944 acres
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 390 feet
Average Depth: 8 feet
Maximum Depth: 35 feet
Water Volume: 16,126 acre-feet
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