Skeleton Lake

Vibrant Fall Colours Reflecting off Skeleton Lake in Autumn.


Measuring over eight kilometres long and almost five kilometres wide and located 25 minutes southwest of Huntsville, Skeleton Lake is truly one of a kind. Known for its dramatic landscapes and crystal clear waters, Skeleton Lake is one of the most untouched lakes in the world. Rich in local folklore, the lake is described as a remnant of an ancient meteor strike; its rugged beauty keeps visitors returning each year.

Activities on the lake

Activities at Skelton Lake are relatively easy to come by. The lake allows motorized vehicles for boat lovers, and the Skeleton Lake Marina and Muskoka Village Harbour are nearby for all your boating needs. So grab a boat, and head out on the water for a day of fishing fun. You should have no trouble at all catching a bite. A healthy fish population of smallmouth bass, lake trout, walleye, lake whitefish, and burbot live within the depths of Skelton Lake.

For those adventurous water sports enthusiasts, wakeboarding and wave surfing are trendy activities on the lake, as are personal watercraft, such as Wave Runners and JetSkis. Or, for some fun on land, and if you are into cycling, why not try the Skeleton Lake bike loop? It’s a 90 km round trip bicycle ride from the Huntsville Centennial Centre. You won’t be able to beat the breathtaking views along the route. After your ride, build up your courage and take the plunge because, with some of the highest and most spectacular shoreline cliffs, cliff-jumping is a great way to cool off in Skeleton Lake.

The cottagers’ association

Skeleton Lake also has its own cottagers’ organization, which aims to preserve the area’s natural beauty and bring the community together. Check out their website for upcoming activities and events for the season.

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Official NameSkeleton Lake
MunicipalityTownship of Muskoka Lakes
Drainage BasinSkeleton River
Latitude/Longitude45.2506 N -79.4506 W
Physical Features
Surface Area (km)20.75
Elevation (m asl)281
Mean Depth (m)32
Maximum Depth (m)65
Perimeter (km)42
Island Shoreline (km)17
Clarity (m)9.1
Land Use and Development
Crown Land (%)<5
Provincial Parksnone
Shoreline Developmenthigh; shoreline residential, commercial
Accesspublic; public launch off Hwy 518
Water Level Managementregulated; water level is controlled by MNR-owned and operated dam; flows and levels are governed by the Muskoka River Water Management Plan
Fish Species
Major Fish Speciessmallmouth bass, lake trout, walleye, lake whitefish, burbot

Other Fish Species
rainbow smelt, cisco (lake herring), white sucker, bluntnose minnow, rock bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch, trout-perch, creek chub, lake chub, pumpkinseed, golden shiner, slimy sculpin