Bay Lake

Orange sky over Bay Lake.


Welcome to Bay Lake, a stunning Muskoka getaway located in the Almaguin Highlands region, just 20 minutes north of Huntsville. Bay Lake is known for its single large bay on the west side and is home to three small islands, with Bucktooth Island being the largest. 

Activities on the lake

Bay Lake offers a variety of activities for visitors. The slightly warmer waters and sandy bottom bay make swimming a delightful experience. Fishing enthusiasts can expect to catch bass, walleye, burbot, trout, and occasionally white sucker or yellow perch. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy smaller watercraft activities like water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. Those who prefer calmer activities can paddle around Buckskin Island or take a sail by the foot of the bay. The large bay and smaller inlets of Bay Lake are also ideal for swimming. 

Exploring the area

After a day on the water, take a trip to nearby Emsdale and stop by Perry’s Mart, where you can stock up on everything you need for the cottage, or visit The Muskoka Room for local treasures. For a fun day trip, drive just 23 minutes into the village of Burk’s Falls, known for its assortment of great food trucks. Curb Your Appetite is a must-visit truck with excellent pierogies and a great outdoor setup.

Now is the perfect time of year to visit Bay Lake and see why it’s an excellent choice for your next home away from home.

Official NameBay Lake
Local NameBucktooth Lake
County/DistrictParry Sound
MunicipalityTownship of Perry
Drainage BasinLittle East River
Latitude/Longitude45.506 N 79.208 W
Physical Features
Surface Area (km)13.5
Elevation (m asl)366
Mean Depth (m)8
Maximum Depth (m)23
Perimeter (km)9
Island Shoreline (km)1.0
Clarity (m)4.9
Land Use and Development
Crown Land (%)0
Provincial Parksnone
Shoreline Developmenthigh; shoreline residential
Accesspublic; launch at the west end of the lake
Water Level Managementnot regulated
Fish Species
Major Fish Speciessmallmouth bass, walleye, burbot, largemouth bass, lake whitefish, lake trout, brook trout
Other Fish Speciesbrown bullhead, pumpkinseed, creek chub, white sucker, yellow perch, rainbow smelt