The Township of Lake of Bays, named after the main lake within the township borders – “Lake of Bays,” is comprised of four hamlets: Dwight, Dorset, Baysville and Hillside. It is located in north-eastern Muskoka beside world renowned Algonquin Park. With a permanent population of approximately 3167, the numbers swell in the summer season to about 11,327. The Township is home to 100 freshwater lakes, an abundance of wildlife, dense forested lands, rugged landscape, granite outcroppings and a natural beauty that none can surpass.
The Lake of Bays is the 2nd largest lake in Muskoka. It is known for its beautiful clear water and 170. 59 km of natural shoreline. Lake of Bays covers a surface area of 70.53 km square and has an average depth of 22.25 meters. The maximum depth found in Lake is 70.10 metres. Lake of Bays is fed by the Oxtongue River, as well as several other rivers such as the Boyne River, Sixteen Mile Creek, Ten Mile Creek, Hollow River, St. Mary’s Creek and many freshwater springs.
Named in 1853 by surveyor Alexander Murray of the Geological Society of Canada for its many Bays, Lake of Bays was previously called Num g e low e nee g go mark lak a hagan by Canada’s Native Peoples which means “Lake of Forks.”
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To view the Lake Data Sheets produced by the District of Muskoka, click on the desired Bay:
Dwight Bay, Rat Bay, Haystack Bay, South Portage Bay, 10 Mile Bay, South Muskoka River Bay, or Trading Bay.
To view the Ministry of Natural Resources Lake Fact Sheet, click here.