Lake Vernon

Autumn trees on a Lake Vernon shoreline.


Welcome to Lake Vernon. Located less than ten minutes from the Town of Huntsville, Lake Vernon is a beautiful choice for a vacation home. Lake Vernon is the largest of four connected lakes, including Mary Lake, Fairy Lake, and Peninsula Lake. Easy access to all four lakes allows for endless boating and exploring possibilities. Known for its clean, sparkling waters, tourists travel from afar to experience Muskoka’s beauty at its finest.

Activities on the lake

There are plenty of fun things to see and do in and around Lake Vernon all year. Summer means swimming, canoeing or kayaking, boating, water skiing/wakeboarding, sightseeing, fishing and hiking trails. In addition, the lake hosts annual regattas and fishing tournaments and encourages athletes and fishing enthusiasts of all levels to participate. Its proximity to Huntsville makes many beaches readily available to the public, and in town, you’ll find several local rental options for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, among others. Hutcheson Beach on Lake Vernon has various facilities such as a boat launch, playground and a pavilion. And Ruthvern Marine is the local marina that offers fuel, boat slips, storage and more. Access to the marina is off Peacock Bay Road.

If golf is your thing, just minutes away in Huntsville, there are several fantastic courses to choose from, the most top-rated being Diamond in the Ruff Golf & Vacation Resort, Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course and Grandview Golf Club. So grab your clubs and hit the green.

Lake Vernon and the seasons

During the summer Lake Vernon Association coordinates family-friendly events such as BBQs, golf tournaments and fun family days at the beach. These events are usually open to anyone who wants to participate. And if you enjoy scenic waterfalls, head to Hood Rapids, between Lake Vernon and Fox Lake.

In the fall, take in the magnificent fall foliage around the lake while boating, walking, or biking on a trail. In the winter, you can take advantage of 15 km of cross-country ski trails right off the lake at Camp Tawingo.

Few lakes in Muskoka feel as natural and are this close to a wide variety of amenities. Can you picture yourself in a cottage on Lake Vernon?

Official NameLake Vernon
MunicipalityTown of Huntsville
Drainage BasinSouth Muskoka River
Latitude/Longitude45.328 N 79.294 W
Physical Features
Surface Area (km)15.66
Elevation (m asl)284
Mean Depth (m)14
Maximum Depth (m)38
Perimeter (km)43
Island Shoreline (km)17
Clarity (m)3.2
Land Use and Development
Crown Land (%)0
Provincial Parksnone
Shoreline Developmentintense; urban, shoreline residential, commercial
Accesspublic; Hutcheson Beach Road and, Muskoka River in Huntsville
Water Level Managementregulated; water level is controlled by MNR owned and operated dam
on the North Muskoka River downstream of Fairy Lake; flows and levels are governed by the Muskoka River Water Management Plan
Fish Species
Major Fish Specieslake trout, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie

Other Fish Species
brown bullhead, white sucker, brook trout, cisco, lake whitefish, common shiner, spottail shiner, bluntnose minnow, golden shiner, blacknose shiner, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, longnose sucker, rock bass, lake chub, trout-perch, rainbow smelt