Long Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Long Lake is a sparkling 235-acre recreational lake located in the North Kawartha region of Ontario, Canada. Aptly named Long Lake for its long and narrow shoreline, the lake is deep enough in places for trout and walleye and shallow enough in the many small tucked away bays to provide an excellent habitat for bass. The numerous surrounding lakes and streams also make this lake ideal for canoe enthusiasts.

For anglers, the waters of Long Lake are clean and deep (up to 80 feet), supporting natural and stocked populations of speckled trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, as well as large and smallmouth bass. Long Lake and the surrounding lakes are especially noted for their bass fishing.

The landscape around Long Lake consists mostly of dense forest and undisturbed lakes and ponds. Although secluded, all types of vacation rentals are available, from fishing and hunting resorts to bed-and-breakfast establishments, private cottages and a few scattered lakeshore homes. The towns around Long Lake offer campgrounds, motels, condos and other lodgings. Real estate is also available in this pristine wilderness setting.

The North Kawartha region is paradise for those who just want to get away from it all. With its pine-covered shores and occasional pink granite outcroppings, Long Lake offers visitors year round peace and tranquility. Located on the edge of Canada’s snow belt, the seasonal changes are quite dramatic. In the spring, the forests come alive with color almost overnight. During the summer, you can find bays where the lake temperature is very swimmable. Autumn can provide some of the most spectacular scenery as the deep blue of the water contrasts with the brilliant yellows, reds, and golds of the leaves. In the winter months, visitors to Long Lake can enjoy ice fishing and miles of snowmobile, and cross country ski trails.

Naturalists will enjoy the unspoiled wildness of the area. Long Lake is surrounded by hundreds of smaller lakes that see very few visitors. Some of these lakes can be driven to, but the majority require an all terrain vehicle. Of course, walking is always an option. With many photo opportunities around the lake, hiking and exploring the area is a must. Wildlife in the area includes bear, deer, moose, and beaver.

Visitors to Long Lake can enjoy a number of nearby attractions. Famous for its dramatic and varied landscape, there are many opportunties in the area for fishing, boating, canoeing and swimming. Algonquin Provincial Park and the Gut Conservation Area have excellent hiking trails and campsites which are also good locations for bird watching. For campers, the sound of the loons each evening will lull you to sleep. The Gut derives its name from a 100-foot high and 754-foot long gorge that the Crowe River runs through. Spanning 4,800 square miles, Algonquin Provincial Park was established to develop a wildlife sanctuary. It soon became popular with outdoor enthusiasts and canoeists because of its beautiful lakes, forests, bogs, rivers, cliffs and beaches. A short drive south of Long Lake brings you to Petroglyphs Provincial Park which has the largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. You can also hike the trails meandering through surrounding forests.

Just 35 miles north of Long Lake, sits Peterborough, the largest city in the region. Peterborough has all the usual city amenities to include restaurants, cinemas, a zoo, parks and museums. For golfers, there are several world class golf courses within a short drive of the city.

A vast landscape of maple-covered hills, rocky ridges, spruce bogs, and many lakes, ponds, and streams await those who seek the rugged beauty of Long Lake. You can canoe, kayak, take a leisurely hike and discover some of the smaller lakes in the area or just sit back and enjoy the solitude. Take a drive around the scenic area, go sightseeing, shopping or visit a museum. No matter what time of year you plan your vacation, it’s the perfect time to curl up in front of an evening fire and listen to the call of the loons.

Things to do at Long Lake ON

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Provincial Park
  • Museum
  • Movie Theater
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Long Lake ON

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 235 acres

    Maximum Depth: 80 feet

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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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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    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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