Welcome to Walker Lake. Located just 15 km from the town of Huntsville, Walker Lake is truly remarkable. The lake may not be massive, but its size does nothing to detract from its quiet beauty. What could be better than waking up next to this tranquil, family-friendly lake, sipping your morning coffee and taking in the sights and sounds from your outdoor deck?
The natural boat launch is suitable for small boats, canoes and kayaks and can be found on the southwestern tip of the lake on Walker Lake Drive. Unlike several other lakes in the region, motorized boats are free to roam the waters of Walker Lake; however, speed is restricted to 12 km/hr. The lake is extremely popular for fishing, and anglers in the area report this lake as the ideal location for rainbow trout, lake trout, brook trout, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.
And if you like to keep active and other water sports are more to your liking, rest assured; Walker Lake and the surrounding area offer you a multitude of options. The unique shape of Walker Lake consists of many little bays, coves and inlets which offer privacy, and the open waters are perfect for the adventurous canoer or kayaker. The lake’s proximity to the Tally Ho boat launch and access to nearby Peninsula Lake also bring even more great ways to explore the beauty of Muskoka in the late summer and early fall.
During the winter months, Walker Lake becomes a winter paradise! Bundle up, head out and enjoy the refreshing Muskoka air and sparkling white playground for all ages. The snow brings an abundance of activities to suit everyone’s tastes: ice fishing, sleigh riding, sledding, and winter hiking. Walker Lake residents often ice skate, snowshoe, and walk their dogs on the lake, as it is known to completely freeze over. Picture the snow falling down around you as you walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski along the roughly 6 km shoreline. And while snowmobiling on the lake is not common, it is very popular in the areas around Walker Lake; in fact, it remains one of Muskoka’s beloved winter pastimes.
If you choose to venture away from the lake, you won’t have to go far to participate in your favourite outdoor activities. Whether it’s golf, hiking, treetop trekking, or paintball in the summer and fall or skiing and snowboarding in the winter, a short drive to Deerhurst Resort or Hidden Valley Highlands in Huntsville will do the trick. Algonquin and Arrowhead Park are also nearby, and they offer many hiking trails for every skill level, some of which lead past frozen falls and ancient lakes. Make sure to take your camera to capture the breathtaking scenery, including lush forests, granite outcroppings, and wildlife.
If checking out the local scene is to your pleasure, make a stop in Huntsville and visit some of the trendy local shops, and fabulous restaurants. Depending on the time of year, the town is also known to celebrate the season with fun local festivals.
If you want to take up the cottage life but don’t want to leave the amenities of the city behind, look no further. Walker Lake is the answer.