Buckhorn Lake is situated approximately 23 km north and slightly west of Peterborough up Chemong Rd, across the bridge at Bridgenorth, then up Robinson Rd to Listowel Line to Emerald Isle Rd.
It appears that the lake acquired its name as a consequence of its shape, appearing similar in shape to a buck's head with antlers or horns projecting either side, being Pigeon and Chemong Lakes.
The division between Pigeon Lake and Buckhorn occurs at Gannon Narrows. Pigeon provides the inflow of water and from Buckhorn it flows to Lower Buckhorn Lake. The lock 31 in Buckhorn provides the outflow to Lower Buckhorn
The Lake is approximately 7 km (4.3 miles) wide at its maximum and 14 km (8.6 miles) long. Depths reach up to approximately 35 ft (10.67 m) but on average in the main channel the depths are in the 20’s.(6.1 m plus)
Some fish that are found in the lake are Muskellunge, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass and Yellow Perch.
As part of the Trent Severn Waterways Buckhorn is easily accessible from the GTA and is an extremely popular destination.
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