Lake of Bays Muskoka is alive with history and beauty unmatched by few places in the world. Named for the curves of its Shorelines, Lake of Bays is a magnificent natural treasure located in the northeast corner of Muskoka. It is a vast and spectacular land encompassing 66,000 acres of crystal clear waters, pristine forests, wetlands, rocky outcrops and sandy beaches. The villages of Dwight, Dorset, Baysville, Hillside and Oxtongue Lake collectively make up the enchanting destination of Lake of Bays Muskoka.
Lake of Bays Muskoka is a favourite all season destination for the recreationist and sports enthusiasts, offering many kilometres of winding paths and long lake runs to go swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, sailing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, golfing, alpine and nordic skiing, skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing or dog sledding. Alternatively, it’s the perfect location for a quiet relaxing getaway! Stay where the welcome mat is always out at our variety of first class resorts, lodges and family cottages.
The second largest lake in the Muskoka River Watershed, Lake of Bays, Muskoka boasts 563 kilometres of shoreline and is thought to be 260 ft deep in places. The area even has a legendary lake monster which many believe is a hoax and others have sworn to have seen and signed statements as far back as 1959 to the fact.
Lake of Bays was previously known as Baptiste Lake, Forked Lake and Lake of Two Bays. It was named Lake of Bays in 1853 by Alexander Murray of the Geological Survey of Canada. The Lake of Bays township is in named for the lake.
The lakes that feed into Lake of Bays Muskoka are Smoke and Tea Lakes in Algonquin Park and Kawagama Lake, as well as other rivers and creeks. The irregular shape of the lake is defined by many bays such as Rabbit’s Bay, Burnt Island Bay, Whitehouse Bay, Portage Bay, Muskrat Bay, Haystack Bay, Ten Mile Bay, Dwight Bay,Trading Bay and Murky Bay.