What Makes Buckhorn Lake Incredible?

By: Marilyn Rogers

What Makes Buckhorn Lake Incredible?

Buckhorn Lake is a true gem offering a great natural and peaceful environment, but it’s also surrounded by great places for those who are looking for adventures. The water is clear which makes swimming very enjoyable, as well as canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The wildlife is also incredible enabling residents to experience the nature in its purest form.

The artificial lake was initially known as Hall’s Bridge, thanks to its first settler, John Hall, who built a dam and a sawmill there in 1830. He used to put his collection of deer antlers on the outside walls of his mills which inspired settlers to start calling the area Buckhorn. However, there is another story of how the lake got its name and many believe it was the lake’s shape that looks like a buck’s head that gave rise to the name Buckhorn.

Features of the Lake
The lake is located in the Peterborough County in Ontario and belongs to the canal route Trent Severn Waterway that connects Lake Ontario to Lake Huron. It spreads over an area of 7,800 acres including 70 miles of shoreline. It’s the 6th largest of the Kawartha Lakes. Sand beaches can be found along the shoreline as well as exceptional lakefront properties. The deepest point of the lake reaches 46 feet while the average depth is 7 feet making Buckhorn Lake a suitable habitat for different species of fish. Passionate anglers simply love the area as it’s abundant in largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, muskellunge, walleye, black crappie and muskellunge. Smallmouth bass prefers clear and cool water, as well as a rocky bottom, while largemouth bass, crappies, and walleye are usually found in warmer and shallow parts of the lake.
Cottages and the area
Settlements on the lake include Buckhorn, Kawartha Hideaway, the Curve Lake First Nation, Kimberley Park, Young's Cove, Gannon Village, Gannon Beach and Oak Orchard. Many cottages are available for sale in these beautiful communities and they may range from modest $400,000 cottages to $1 million+ luxury homes. Some cottages are very isolated guaranteeing a high level of privacy giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the trees, the green and the lake with no distractions.

The lake is 90 minutes away from Toronto and 20 minutes from the City of Peterborough which is super convenient for the residents who have the luxury to live in a natural and peaceful environment but have access to the city amenities any time.

Amenities around Buckhorn Lake
Besides water sports, nature and sports enthusiasts enjoy numerous walking paths and bike trails which are also convenient for snowmobiling and skiing in the winter. Birdwatching also ranks high as a hobby among residents.

The lake is surrounded by parks on both sides, and one of the best-known is Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park great for camping, short hikes, and canoeing of course. You’ll also find picnic tables and fire rings so you can bring food and enjoy a meal in the open.

There’s plenty to see around Buckhorn Lake, and some of the most appealing nearby facilities include the Gallery on The Lake known for great art collections, as well as the Petroglyphs Provincial Park known for rock carvings drawn by aboriginals in pre-Columbian times. The park is also abundant in woodland which makes it perfect for a hike or walk. Another highlight is the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area which is especially fun for adventurous kids, but adults love it too.
If you want more information about available cottages for sale in this great area, just give me a call 705-741-8759.
[1] Lower Buckhorn Lake, Ontario, Late evening sunlight in early October. Taken by Paul Gierszewski  on 4 October 2014, 18:25:16 under license CC BY-SA 4.0