While there are many advantages to living on the three big lakes—Joseph, Muskoka, and Rosseau—in Muskoka, there are plenty of reasons worth buying on one of the 1,597 smaller lakes. Fortunately, our realtors who regularly deal with lakefront properties on small lakes know the perks.
From more privacy to more of a community feel, we’ve rounded up the top benefits of owning a small lake cottage.
“Generally speaking, smaller lakes do not have marinas, retail establishments, and regular boat traffic. So if this is important to you, then a small lake is something to think about.” —Susan Benson, broker at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Bracebridge
“Smaller lakes offer less boat traffic, allowing those that want to canoe or kayak the ability to do so.” —Mary Cook, sales representative at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Huntsville
“If boating is the last thing on your list, why not look at a smaller lake with a larger, more turnkey house? It’ll offer a quieter and lower maintenance life with all the other amenities still in place.” —Rolly Robert, sales representative at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Bracebridge
“Small lakes offer the opportunity of introducing young children/grandchildren to boat safety, swimming lessons, protecting nature, and fishing techniques before venturing onto the big lakes.” —Brenda Rynard, sales representative at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Bracebridge
Money will go further
“The cost of waterfront land is less on small-sized lakes, so you'll be able to find more of what you're seeking.” —Mark Benson, sales representative at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Bracebridge
Connect with nature
“Small lakes allow you to connect more with nature, as fewer people and motorized boats disrupt the wildlife. As a result, the atmosphere is slightly more peaceful for both residents and animals.” —Kristyn Kennedy, sales representative at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Bracebridge
Sense of community
“There’s more of a community feel on smaller lakes. Some have an association, which means that most people will know the majority of fellow cottagers, while on larger lakes, you may only know your immediate neighbours.” —Paul Pilon, broker at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Huntsville
Quicker to warm up and cool down
“While it may not be the main reason to buy a cottage on a small lake, a neat perk is that the water generally warms up quicker, making spring swimming more appealing. Smaller lakes also tend to freeze over faster and more thoroughly, so winter activities, such as skating, can be enjoyed safely.” —John O’Rourke, broker and owner of Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty