Rice Lake is located about 80 minutes northeast of Toronto. This easy commute makes it a favourite for the GTA.
It is home to two Native Indian Reserves. The Reserve of Alderville and the Reserve of Hiawatha.
Rice Lake is fairly shallow and at one time had extensive Wild Rice growing but as water level rose they were wiped out for the most part.
There was a railway bridge that was completed in 1854 which crossed the lake from Harwood to Hiawatha. Because of the ice that covered the lake in the winter it sustained damage and was declared unsafe and closed within 6 years. On the south side of the lake some of the railway bed is still visible.
The length of the lake is 32 km (20 miles) and maximum width is 5 km (3.1 miles). The maximum depth is approximately 7.3 m (24 ft).
Fish found in this lake include Panfish, Walleye, Muskellunge and Bass.
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