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About Kashwakamak Lake
Kashwakamak Lake is in eastern Ontario, just south of Bon Echo Provincial Park, about a one hour drive north of Belleville and Kingston, located in beautiful North Frontenac Township.
Map of Kashwakamak Lake Crown Land [PDF 641.4Kb]
Kashwakamak Lake is a complex body of water made up of several distinctly different sections. The north-eastern and north-western sections of the lake are shallow and do not stratify (water temperatures during the summer are similar from surface to bottom), whereas in the deepest part of the lake, there can be a temperature range of 31F (18C) degrees.
Facts: The average depth is 27.4 ft (8.3 m) and the maximum depth is 72 ft (22 m.)
The perimeter is 41 miles (65.6 km) around.
There are approximately 450 cottages and 6 lodges or camps.
Fishing: Yellow pickerel and smallmouth bass are found adjacent to most of the shoreline and rocky shoals throughout the lake. Shallow bays with heavy aquatic vegetation provide excellent feeding grounds and the best fishing areas for northern pike and largemouth bass.
History of the Area: Elma MacLachlan has written a short history of the area [PDF 101.1Kb]. If you have any further information on the history of the area, or of the lake, please contact Elma at firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Weiss Point: Dave Bouttell has written a personal history of Weiss Point [PDF 1.6Mb].
Do you know what the name "Kashwakamak means? When a member asked me this question, I realized that I had no idea - I'd always thought it meant "Long Lake", but this was just a familiar name by which the local residents called the lake.
I asked Chief Perry of the Ardoch Algonquins to look up the meaning for me. It comes from three Algonquin words: "kash" means "jagged"; "awak" means "all around(the bottom)"; "amik (amak) means "beaver" or "body of water".
So translated loosely, it would mean "the lake with rocky shoals". For the native peoples, this would have been an identifying feature to distinguish it from all the other lakes in the area. In the old days, when the lake was lower than it is today, rocks would have been more of a hazard.
by Elma MacLachlan
Trivia: In addition to the wildlife and peaceful cottages of the real Kashwakamak Lake, the author Stephen King has featured Kashwakamak Lake (re-located to northern Maine) as a locale in several of his books, including Gerald's Game, and Cell.
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