Little Kennisis Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Little Kennisis Lake is the smaller counterpart to Kennisis Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario, Canada. Little Kennisis Lake is a relatively secluded lake for those who enjoy their privacy, but it also offers activities just minutes away at the more populated Kennisis Lake. The Kennisis River runs through Little Kennisis Lake and connects it to Kennisis Lake and to Wolf Lake. Little Kennisis Lake flows into Kennisis Lake via a narrows with a roadway bridge across the water. Paddlers travel beneath this bridge when water levels are normal, and boaters will find a public boat launch into Little Kennisis Lake. The Kennisis Dam is located at the outlet of Kennisis Lake and is monitored by Parks Canada. The dam controls water levels, because the Kennisis Lakes are feeder lakes to the Trent Severn Waterway to the south. Spend the day meeting new people and joining in the fun at Kennisis Lake, and then rejuvenate in the evening within the peacefulness of Little Kennisis Lake.

With about 570 acres of pristine blue water and depths reaching 140 feet, Little Kennisis Lake is home to lake trout. Grab your favorite fishing gear and head next door to Kennisis Lake for walleye, muskellunge, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, lake trout, yellow perch, white perch, carp, and northern pike. With any luck the perch will be hooked by your worms, and the bighead carp will be grabbing your soft-shell crabs. Kennisis Lake offers fishing programs to boost your knowledge and give you an advantage in an annual fishing tournament. Be sure to look out for Karl the Kennisis Lake Monster, a “large greeny-black creature” reported to inhabit the waters.

Little Kennisis Lake is surrounded by beautiful landscape known to many as the Haliburton Highlands, named after their uncanny resemblance to the Scottish Highlands and in honor of Thomas Chandler Haliburton. The Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve borders the lake and has 65,000 acres of lakes and groomed hiking, biking and snowmobile trails, special tours, outdoor theatre and a world-famous Wolf Observatory. Within the park’s boundaries wolves can be heard howling, and you can see bears, fox, moose, beavers, deer, loons and all manner of other wildlife. There are several lakes within the park for anglers to fish with plentiful amounts of brook trout and lake trout. The Wolf Observatory is home to a pack of timber wolves that roam the Wolf Centre boundaries and can be viewed by visitors.

Located north of the lake is the breathtaking Algonquin Provincial Park. It was established in 1893 and is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Once a lumbering area, Algonquin Provincial Park is now a hilly refuge for many different species of wildlife. The park was named a national historic site in 1991 in recognition of many heritage values including its role in development of park management, providing inspiration to inspiring artists, and giving Canadians a greater sense of their beautiful country. With rugged hills, beautiful lakes, and wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities, Algonquin Park offers activities such as fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, hiking, and camping. Visit the museum within its boundaries to learn more about one of the most popular parks in the country.

Little Kennisis Lake is located in Haliburton County, a place filled with quality entertainment. Spend a warm summer night listening to a concert and dining at a unique restaurant. An assortment of bands performs for the public year-round. Haliburton is well known for its love of arts and talented artists. Stroll through town and see the eclectic art galleries, studios, and museums. The Haliburton Highlands Museum is a great place to learn about the area. Find the inner artist in you with arts and crafts tours throughout the year such as pottery on the wheel.

Vacation rentals and real estate properties for sale are plentiful in the Little Kennisis Lake area. Take the time to plan a visit and you will not soon regret it.

Things to do at Little Kennisis Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Provincial Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Little Kennisis Lake

  • Bass
  • Bighead Carp
  • Black Bass
  • Brook Trout
  • Carp
  • Lake Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • White Perch
  • Yellow Perch

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    Little Kennisis Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 571 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,212 feet

    Average Depth: 49 feet

    Maximum Depth: 144 feet

    Water Volume: 28,221 acre-feet

    Water Residence Time: 1.15 years

    Drainage Area: 31 sq. miles

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    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.

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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.

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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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    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:

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    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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    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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    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.

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    - 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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