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Balsam Lake is located in Kawartha Lakes that is connected to the Trent Severn Waterway. The lake sits between Mitchell Lake and Cameron Lake and nearest to Coboconk and Rosedale, Ontario.
Balsam Lake is a whopping 16 kilometers long and average of 3 kilometers wide with a total watershed area of 115 square kilometers. It’s primary inflows are the Gull River to the north and Staples River to the west. Balsam Lake is the highest point of the Trent-Severn Waterway with the main outflow being the Rosedale River flowing into Cameron Lake.
Water levels are managed by Parks Canada and are very stable due to the fact it is the highest point of the Trent-Severn waterway system. Water levels are lowered in Autumn and reach their lowest point in January-February. Spring runoff brings the water levels back to normal and remain so throughout the summer. Flooding is not an issue on Balsam Lake.
Balsam Lake is home to approximately 1,500 waterfront properties spread out across the many bays and land mass including the huge Grand Island. The number of full-time residents has increased substantially over the last few years with many cottage owners selling their city homes and converting their cottages into four-season dwellings.
As with most lakes in the Kawartha’s, boat traffic if busiest on summer weekends when cottagers are up enjoying the good weather. Other than Grand Island properties, most waterfront properties are easily accessible by municipal or privately maintained roads.
Due to its size, Balsam Lake can get quite rough when westerly winds are high. When the winds are calm, it is a great spot for wakeboarding or tubing with few underwater shoals.
Swimming is great along most shores of Balsam Lake with clean and clear water. The waters bottom is limestone or sandy with areas of soft weedy shores. Zebra mussels are known to be in some areas, so it is recommended to be careful or wear footwear when swimming.
Balsam is a great area for fishing, and hosts many tournaments. Fishers can expect to catch small and large mouth bass, northern pike, walleye and muskie.
A snowmobilers paradise, Balsam Lake is accessible by a number of major trails including Balsam Lake Provincial Park.