Skeleton Lake

Vibrant Fall Colours Reflecting off Skeleton Lake in Autumn.


Welcome to Skeleton Lake, a unique destination located 25 minutes southwest of Huntsville. With a length of over eight kilometers and a width of almost five kilometers, this lake boasts dramatic landscapes and crystal-clear waters, making it one of the most untouched lakes globally. Many believe the lake is the remnant of an ancient meteor strike, adding to its rich local folklore and rugged beauty that keeps visitors coming back year after year.

Activities on the lake

There is no shortage of activities to enjoy at Skeleton Lake. Boating enthusiasts can take advantage of the lake’s allowance for motorized vehicles, and nearby Skeleton Lake Marina and Muskoka Village Harbour provide all the necessary equipment. Fishing is a popular activity, with a healthy population of smallmouth bass, lake trout, walleye, lake whitefish, and burbot living within the lake’s depths.

If you’re an adventurous water sports enthusiast, wakeboarding, wave surfing, and personal watercraft like Wave Runners and JetSkis are trendy activities to try. On land, the Skeleton Lake bike loop offers a 90 km round trip bicycle ride from the Huntsville Centennial Centre, boasting breathtaking views along the route. Additionally, the lake’s spectacular shoreline cliffs make cliff-jumping a great way to cool off.

More lake information

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

If you’re interested in purchasing a cottage on Skeleton Lake, please contact us today to learn more.

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