Find out what you don’t know-Jack Lake
Located 6 km south of Apsley in the Township of North Kawartha and Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen you will find beautiful Jack Lake. Peterborough is a 1/2 half-hour drive southwest off of Highway 28. Jack Lake is a 3,013-acre lake with a maximum depth of 140 feet and an average depth of 28.5 feet. The public boat launch is found just off Jack Lake Road in Brooks Bay between the two lakes’ marinas, Forest Glen Marina and Anchorage Marina. There is a second boat launch mapped off Fire Route 85 but I was never able to find that launch unless it is found off the ATV trail.
Fish species found in Jack Lake are Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and Musky. Two other fishing lakes in the area are Kasshabog Lake and Chandos Lake. You can find cottage rental opportunities from Airbnb along with Lodges like Jack’s Lake Lodge.
Jack Lake was once known as White Lake in the 19th century. Legend has it the lake was renamed after a local native chief who was sarcastically called ‘Handsome Jack”. Most of the shorelines of Jack Lake are protected by the Peterborough Crown Game Preserve which makes the deer extra friendly to visitors. Check out these friends I ran into off McCoy Rd.
Jack Lake is dominated by three main bays with a number of smaller bays throughout. Of course, many islands can be found throughout, above the water surface and some just under the water surface. The largest bay is Sharpe Bay. You will also find Brooks Bay, Redmond Bay, Callahan Bay, Rathburn Bay, Long Bay, East Bay, Sheep Bay, Bowers Bay, Crane Bay, Hatton Bay and McCoy Bay. This picture is off McCoy Bay:
Jack Lake is also a reservoir for the Trent Severn Waterway. The water levels on the lake are maintained by the double sluice concrete dam found on the south end of the lake. Roads around the lake are well maintained and most are year-round mixture of municipal and private ownership.
The boat launch off Jack Lake road offers easy launching for your boat!
Jack Lake Cottage Association is there to serve the lake owners. A brand new Board of Directors has taken over the association. Check out their Facebook Page and website.