Wilson Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Also known as:  Wauquimakog Lake

Ontario visitors who think ‘cottage country’ is limited to the Muskoka Region will miss out on Wilson Lake! Located in Ontario’s ‘near north’, Wilson Lake is located in the Parry Sound District, immediately north of the Muskoka Region. Better known as Wilson Lake, some official maps call it Wauquimakog Lake. Wauquimakog is taken from the First Nations word meaning ‘laughing water’. Known for excellent fishing and boating, Wilson and other lakes along the Pickerel River host fishing camps, hunting lodges, summer homes, rental cabins and larger resorts.

Wilson Lake, or Wauquimakog, is a special vacation memory-maker for vacationers of many years, one that is fondly passed down to new generations of ‘cottagers’. Wilson Lake is ideal for fishing, swimming, sailing, canoeing the many small bays, wildlife watching, sunbathing, water skiing and boating excursions up the Pickerel River, through Pigeon Bay and Duck Lake. Evenings are campfires, S’Mores and hot dogs or marshmallows on a stick over the coals. Occasional rainy days or chilly autumn nights are perfect for board games or reading the latest novel. At Wilson Lake, the cares of the busy world are left behind and time seems to stand still, at least for the length of your stay.

Wilson Lake is the quintessential north-country lake: uncrowded, unaltered, unhurried. The lake remains unsurveyed, so estimates of its size range from 1200 acres to 6000 acres. Traffic is non-existent: many cottages are accessible only by boat, whether located along the wooded shoreline or on one of the small islands. Unspoiled by light pollution, both sunsets and sunrises are equally stunning. Some lucky visitors see the Northern Lights. It isn’t unusual to hear a loon’s eerie call in the morning mist, or experience wildlife venturing onto the porch. Here the lakelubber is – by choice and of necessity – one with the natural world and will come away refreshed and renewed.

Unincorporated Port Loring maintains government-owned docks and a public parking area to accommodate cottage-goers making the occasional trip to town for groceries, home improvement needs or medical services. The town offers a small restaurant, hardware and library. There are few organized amusements near Port Loring, but movie theaters, major restaurants and shopping malls are left for North Bay about 60 miles away. Loring, a few miles to the north, or Arnstein to the east are a bit bigger than Port Loring but still very small towns. One of Ontario’s largest deer herds winters near Loring, kept healthy during heavy snows by supplemental feeding by area residents.

Fishing is excellent at Wilson Lake. The waters support pickerel (walleye), largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, lake trout, channel catfish, lake herring, bluegill and perch. Wilson Lake connects to Pigeon Bay Lake, then Duck Lake, making for a large expanse of water for fishing and boat touring. A particularly beautiful spot on Duck Lake is the now-private Big Slide – a series of waterfalls where the Little River chain of lakes flows into the lake. Local resorts can arrange guided fishing trips or rent a boat and all necessities for the experienced fisherman. In winter, some resorts stay open to host ice fishermen and snowmobilers. Port Loring is on the Ontario Federation Snowmobile Trail System with 200 miles of pure winter enjoyment on groomed trails. In warmer weather, ATV trail riding is a favorite pastime. Autumn not only offers excellent fall colors but hunting for grouse, deer and rabbit. Resorts welcome each guest like an old friend; many quickly become annual visitors and return again and again. It is no wonder that many occasional visitors decide to become rear-round residents.

The Pickerel River system is a favored destination for paddle-sport enthusiasts. With over 45 miles of navigable water, many start out in the Wilson Lake area and paddle with the current west toward French River, North Bay and Lake Huron. A small dam at Dollars Lake helps maintain the water level in the chain. Less river than interconnected lakes, the Pickerel Canoe Route provides campsites every few miles along the way, so canoe or kayak trips can be relaxing, leisurely and thoroughly enjoyable. The Pickerel River flows through the Grundy Lake Provincial Park, with several campsites reached only by canoe. Accommodating resort owners are willing to help paddlers plan their route and provide transportation to and from landing spots along the river. Although easily reached by car on Highway 522 – either west from Highway 11 or east from the Trans-Canadian Highway – the Port Loring Water Aerodrome can also accommodate float plane arrivals. Again, resort transportation can be arranged.

Discerning cottagers have been coming to the Port Loring area since the early part of the last century. Even before that, loggers moved their families here to harvest the plentiful timber resources. Many of those families never left; their descendants still own cottages along the river system. Wilson Lake and the Pickerel River system provided excellent transportation for floating logs to the French River and out to saw mills. At one time, steam-powered boats were even built at Port Loring.

All types of vacation lodgings are available at or near Wilson Lake. Resorts with housekeeping cabins, bed-and-breakfasts, a small motel, private cottages and homes for rent and even a resort specializing in large-group rentals can be found within five miles of the lake. For visitors who simply must remain ‘connected’, several of the resorts provide internet and satellite television. Reservations are a must in order to get the accommodations you desire. So start planning now for your vacation to Ontario’s ‘Near-North’ region. Wauquimakog is waiting . . .and laughing softly. Listen, and you will hear it whisper your name.

Things to do at Wilson Lake ON

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Provincial Park
  • Movie Theater
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Wilson Lake ON

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Lake Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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  • Wilson Lake, Port Loring, Canada

  • Wilson Lake, Port Loring, Canada

  • Wilson Lake, Port Loring, Canada

  • Wilson Lake, Port Loring, Canada

  • Wilson Lake, Port Loring, Canada

  • Wilson Lake, Port Loring, Canada

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Wilson Lake ON Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Surface Area: 2,500 acres

Shoreline Length: 8 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 741 feet

Average Depth: 30 feet

Maximum Depth: 106 feet

Lake Area-Population: 350

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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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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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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.

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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.

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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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