Doe Lake

Pines and maples showing fall colours reflected on Doe Lake.


Located only twelve minutes from the town of Burke’s Falls and is known for being one of the biggest lakes in the Almaguin Highlands, a fact that has prompted the locals to refer to it as Big Doe Lake and Little Doe Lake. However, regardless of what you call it, this lake is a playground for all types of cottagers.

Activities on the lake

Doe lake has a fantastic park with picnic tables, restrooms and a public beach. It’s a great place to meet friends or spend a day out with the family. The naturally sandy bottom makes swimming a delight, and if fishing is your thing, you will find several species of fish in the waters. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye are the most common fish to call Doe Lake home Boaters will find the local marina and its boat launch at Doe Lake Campground Rizzort by accessing Ferguson Road in Katine. There is an additional boat launch on Peggs Mountain Road.

For water sports enthusiasts, Doe lake is ideal for water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. Or, if calmer activities appeal to you, feel free to enjoy the clear blue waters while paddling your canoe or kayak around Lawton’s Cove or take a sail by Reazin Island. And if you want to take a break to cool off, the small bays surrounding the lake are perfect for swimming.

Exploring the area

After a relaxing day on the water, take a trip into the vibrant village of Burk’s Falls, where you’ll find groceries, restaurants, local museums, a theatre and much more. It’s the perfect time of year to take a drive and see why Doe Lake is an excellent choice for your next home away from home.

Official NameLake Muskoka
Local NamesLittle Doe Lake, Big Doe Lake
County/DistrictParry Sound
MunicipalityTownship of Ryerson
Township of McMurrich/Montieth
Township of Armour
Township of Perry
Drainage BasinMagnetawan River
Latitude/Longitude45.531 N 79.417 W
Physical Features
Surface Area (km)11.87
Elevation (m asl)295
Mean Depth (m)5.9
Maximum Depth (m)23
Perimeter (km)34.3
Island Shoreline (km)1.4
Clarity (m)2.5
Land Use and Development
Crown Land (%)1
Provincial Parksnone
Shoreline Developmentmoderate; commercial, shoreline residential
Accesspublic; public boat launch on Almaguin Drive in Katrine
Water Level Managementregulated; water level is controlled by MNR owned and operated dam
located on Magnetawan River; flows and levels are governed by the Magnetawan River Operating Plan.
Fish Species
Major Fish Speciessmallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappie, lake whitefish

Other Fish Species
burbot, white sucker, brown bullhead, cisco, yellow perch pumpkinseed, rock bass, bluntnose minnow, common shiner, emerald shiner, rainbow smelt, trout-perch