Are you interested in buying or selling a home or cottage on Burnt River? Learn everything there is to know about the river and community to find out if this is the right waterfront for you.
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Burnt River is located in Kawartha Lakes that flows from Miskwabi Lake in Halburton and Cameron Lake in Fenelon Falls. It is part of the Trent Severn waterway which connects most of the large lakes in the Kawartha Lakes region. It flows through the towns of Gelert, Kinmount and Burnt River.
The river varies in width and is pretty deep, reaching almost 50 feet in some areas. Shorelines can be steep or sandy with some shorelines requiring a retaining wall or dock.
Water levels are managed by Parks Canada and can vary based on the time of year and amount of rain/snowfall. Flooding can be an issue for Burnt River, especially in the spring runoff with the highest possibility in late March to the end of April. During the summer months, the river gets back to normal levels with a very slight flow that is great for boating and swimming.
There are approximately 500 cottages along the east and west sides of Burnt River. Many of the dwellings are seasonal, however this has been increasingly changing to full time residents as the popularity of waterfront property continues to rise. Burnt River is also very close to the Victoria Rail Trail, a major corridor for recreational vehicles and snowmobiles.
Depending where you are on the river, Burnt River is short drive away from towns that offer all the creature comforts including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, big box stores, small boutique shops, and restaurants. Most properties are easily accessed through year-round serviced roads, hydro and emergency services.
Burnt River is ideal for pontoon and fishing boats. It is more than wide enough for two boats to pass, however there is a no wake zone through the entire river limiting speeds to under 10km/h. If you are into sightseeing, it is a great way to check out cottages and wave to the owners.
Burnt River is a great place to swim in the summer months, with many areas to cannonball off the dock into deep, clean weed-free water. Even though it is a river, it has a very slight flow making it almost like swimming in a lake. It is recommended to be aware of high rains that can increase the flow of the river at times.
Bass, Pike and Muskie are the most popular fish species on Burnt River. With it’s calm waters and nooks in the corners of the rivers, it makes a great place to head out with friends and family in the morning or evening.
Burnt River is an amazing place to snowmobile, with so many trails to choose from including the main Victoria Rail Trail corridor. It is a haven for all who love the outdoors and all that winter has to offer.