Lake Rosseau

Beautiful Lake Rosseau in the early morning light.


Lake Rosseau, situated 200 kilometres north of Toronto, is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious lakes in Ontario. Being one of the Big Three, along with Lake Muskoka and Lake Joseph, it is part of a series of interconnected lakes that provide over 500 kilometres of shoreline for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Activities on Lake Rosseau

As a vast lake with several bays and islands, Lake Rosseau offers ample opportunities for all sorts of water sports and activities, including sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, swimming, and fishing.

Dining in the area the area

For those seeking fine dining options in the area, the J.W. Rosseau Resort is a top choice. It features award-winning restaurants that offer expertly prepared prime cuts and Italian cuisine, as well as an Ice Bar where guests can indulge in tapas served in a -15° setting and signature flights of Crystal Head Vodka.

Exploring the area

Beyond food and drink, Lake Rosseau has much to offer. The charming village of Rosseau on the north side of the lake is home to the legendary Rosseau General Store and the Rosseau Ball Diamond and Field House, which features a multi-purpose play area. The Rosseau Waterfront Park, located nearby, is a landscaped park with a sandy beach, a large playground, picnic facilities, a boat launch, public washrooms and change rooms equipped with showers.

On the south shore of Lake Rosseau, visitors can explore Port Carling, the hub of the three Muskoka lakes. This area is known for its friendly local businesses, beautiful shops, and attractions such as the Muskoka Lakes Museum.

Whether you prefer lounging by the lakeside, touring the lakes on a boat, exploring trails, or discovering local attractions, Lake Rosseau has something for everyone.

Official NameLake Rosseau
County/DistrictMuskoka, Parry Sound
MunicipalityTownship of Muskoka Lakes
Township of Seguin
Drainage BasinLake Rosseau
Latitude/Longitude45.1739 N 79.5850 W
Physical Features
Surface Area (km)63.90
Elevation (m asl)225
Mean Depth (m)24
Maximum Depth (m)89
Perimeter (km)151
Island Shoreline (km)80
Clarity (m)5.4
Land Use and Development
Crown Land (%)0
Provincial Parksnone
Shoreline Developmentintense; urban, commercial, shoreline residential
Accesspublic; public boats launches at Rosseau, Port Carling, Skeleton Bay; private access at numerous marinas; navigation lock from Lake Muskoka at Port Carling water access from Lake Joseph at Port Sandfield and Joseph River
Water Level Managementregulated; water level is controlled by an MNR owned and operated dam at Port Carling; flows and levels are governed by the Muskoka River Water Management Plan
Fish Species
Major Fish Specieslake trout, lake whitefish, cisco, walleye , smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, burbot, black crappie

Other Fish Species
rainbow smelt, spottail shiner, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, creek chub, rock bass, ninespine stickleback, white sucker, golden shiner, slimy sculpin, yellow perch, bluntnose minnow, emerald shiner, logperch