Balsam Lake

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Balsam Lake – Trent-Severn Waterway

Balsam Lake is located in the Kawartha Lakes region of south central Ontario, Canada. Balsam Lake is the highest point of the Trent- Severn Waterway with water flowing both east and west. The Trent-Severn Waterway descends west ward to Lake Simcoe and, and easterly to Cameron Lake. It is 16 km long and averages 3 km wide, though its actual width varies due to the many large bays the carve its shoreline. The Gull River and the many lakes land locked northern lakes of the Haliburton area reach the Trent System at Balsam Lake supplying the Central Kawartha Lakes of the Trent Severn with consistent in season water levels.


Balsam Lake is home to two provincial parks: Balsam Lake Provincial Park is an all-season recreational park along the Trent-Severn Waterway. In summer, swim at a clean, safe beach, hike to a lookout tower, go fishing, sail and windsurf. Come in spring for wildflowers and in October for autumn glory. The second, Indian Point Provincial Park, located on the north end of Balsam Lake, this park features one of the longest undeveloped shorelines in the Kawartha Lakes. Indian Point Provincial Park does not offer facilities or services of any kind and no camping is allowed, a great place to spend a day and explore.  The lake offers excellent fishing for bass, walleye, and muskie.

The village of Coboconk, Ontario is located on the north side of the lake along Highway 35. Kingsview on Balsam Lake is a unique four-season gated waterfront condominium community in the heart of Kawartha cottage country. Kingsview is a maintenance-free gated waterfront community with only 30 all-season cottages, with private boat slips, a swim dock, natural sandbar and 600 feet of sandy shoreline. Plus fabulous sunsets, walking trails, and other year-round attractions, all close to the quaint shops and cafes of towns like Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Lindsay. Balsam Lake boasts some of the nicest sand beach and weed free waterfront on the Trent-Severn System. Balsam Lake is one of the easiest escapes from the GTA because of its location on the west side of the City of Kawartha Lakes. If you’re looking for a cottage in the Central Kawartha Lakes, call Brad Nelson at (705) 738-2110 or toll-free at 1-866-445-4440 to learn more.

Balsam Lake Facts


44° 36′

Common Tree Species

Cedar, White Birch, White Spruce,White Pine, Oak, Hard Maple 


78° 50′


Sparse sandy loam

Aquatic Vegetation

common cattail, white waterlily, grasses, sedges, bulrush, sweet gale, leatherleaf, algae


Granite, Sedimentary


256 m or 841 ft ±

Fish Species

muskellunge, white sucker,brown bullhead, rock bass,pumpkinseed, smallmouth bass,yellow perch, walleye, largemouth bass 



Max. Depth

14.9 m or 49 ft

Mean Depth

5 m or 16.3 ft


4664.8 hectares or 11526.8 acres

Shoreline Length

Lake: 63.6 kilometers or 39.5 milesIsland: 15.1 km or 9.4 mi 

Interesting Fact: Balsam Lake is tied with Mitchell for the Kawartha Lake with the highest elevation above sea level at 256.3 m!

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