Sand Lake

Colourful fall leaves on Sand Lake in Muskoka.


Located in the middle of the Almaguin Highlands, Sand Lake is less than 10 kilometres from the town of Kearney and 30 kilometres from the larger Burk’s Falls. The lake is ironically named, as much of the shore is rocky, not sandy. The rocky nature of the shoreline can be attributed to runoff water erosion. There is good news, though, a good portion of the shallow waters around the shore remain sandy, as the lake’s name suggests.

Activities on the lake

If you are lucky enough to find one of the naturally sandy bottom spots that make swimming a delight, stake your claim quickly. Kick back and spread out on the sand and soak up some rays. These prime parts of the lake might be busier, especially for other swimmers.

If fishing is your thing, several fish species reside in the waters. Lake trout, whitefish, brook trout, northern pike, rainbow trout, burbot, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass are the most common fish to call Sand Lake home. So why not spend the afternoon seeing what’s biting? For your convenience, boaters will find a public launch on Boat Ramp Road, off Highway 518.

For water sports enthusiasts, Sand 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 you paddle your canoe or kayak around Blueberry Island, near the lake’s northern shore, or take a sail by Emerald Island, in the west bay. Both provide spectacular views of the area and are also great for exploring.

Exploring the area

After a relaxing day on the water, take a trip to nearby Katrine, where you’ll find the Almaguin Highlands Golf & Country Club, one of the few public courses in the area. It is a fully licensed nine-hole course on the Magnetawan River. Or stay at the lake and have a quiet dinner and drinks on the Red Canoe Restaurant patio at the Edgewater Park Lodge on the north side of the lake.

Now is the perfect time to ask yourself why not consider Sand Lake an excellent choice for your next home away from home.

Official NameSand Lake
County/DistrictParry Sound
MunicipalityTown of Kearney
Drainage BasinMagnetawan River
Latitude/Longitude45.6272 N 79.1719 W
Physical Features
Surface Area (km)5.80
Elevation (m asl)339
Mean Depth (m)22
Maximum Depth (m)59
Perimeter (km)12.2
Island Shoreline (km)0.5
Clarity (m)5.0
Land Use and Development
Crown Land (%)0
Provincial Parksnone
Shoreline Developmenthigh; shoreline residential, commercial
Accesspublic; public launch off Hwy 518
Water Level Management
not regulated
Fish Species
Major Fish Specieslake trout, lake whitefish, brook trout, northern pike, rainbow trout, burbot, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass

Other Fish Species
rainbow smelt, white sucker, yellow perch, cisco (lake herring), rock bass