Lake Chemung is the First Nations spelling of the lake. The word chemung means muddy place. This is simply a description of the wetland’s existence before the Trent-Severn structures raised water levels. Stretching almost nine miles in length, the lake was a major obstacle when traveling for early settlers before there were roads or bridges built.
Once a floating bridge, the James A Gifford Causeway is now one of the main crossings of the lake. There is a concrete public boat launch located on the west end of the causeway that allows ease of access to the lake. This boat launch and adjoining Bel Rotary Park play host to many major fishing events in the warmer months and the ever-popular Polar Plunge during the township-held PolarFest in Selwyn Township. The max depth is approximately 6.4m 21 (feet) the average depth 3.3m (10.6 feet) and the surface area is approximately 2476.2hectors (6119 acres)
A popular stop for boaters in the area is Great Outdoors Landing– Chemong Lake Kawartha’s. As a fully stocked Boater store, they carry a variety of equipment and necessities for boaters. If you are needing a place to dock for the evening be sure to check them out. The perfect place to stop for an ice cream cone after a fun-filled day on the water.
The city of Peterborough is only about 15 minutes away, making entertainment and shopping easily accessible. There are so many attractions to visit in the area. Did you know that Chemong Lake is in the heart of the Kawartha’s and is part of what is called the Tri-chain system? That means you can access all three lakes (Chemong, Pigeon, and Buckhorn Lakes) without going through a lock. Of course, as part of the Trent Severn Waterway, you have access to a whole system of lakes for those who love to explore.
Major fish species include small and largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, Carp, and Muskellunge.
Be sure to check out the local tourism booths to have a full list of local events and concerts that are offered throughout the year.
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