Summer is the busiest time of year in Dorset by far.  The population expands from a mere few hundred to thousands as people flock from all over the world to enjoy our beautiful little town on the water.  With two large lakes and many smaller ones, boating is a major attraction.  When the weather’s nice you can boat to Robinson’s General Store from anywhere on Lake of Bays to do you grocery shopping, sit down for a meal or just wander around town.  Maybe you prefer driving to smaller lakes where you can throw in your kayak or canoe and admire the peacefulness that is cottage country.

Whichever you prefer, Dorset has many boat launches that are free for public use, something lots of people aren’t aware of.  Below is a list (compiled by the Township of Algonquin Highlands) of boat launches in and around Dorset.

Lake Name                                                         Boat Launch                                                                       Access Type

Bear Lake                                                            2431 Bear Lake Road                                                           Concrete slab

Hardwood (Clinto) Lake                                     1585 Livingstone Lake Road (County Road 12)              Concrete slab

Crown Lake                                                         Crown Lake Road                                                                 Sand/gravel

Crozier (McFadden) Lake                                   3169 Livingstone Lake Road (County Road 12)               Sand/gravel

Fletcher Lake                                                       4011 Livingstone Lake Road (County Road 12)                Sand/gravel

Herb Lake                                                            3068 Kawagama Lake Road (County Road 8)                    Sand/gravel

Kawagama Lake                                                  4567 Kawagama Lake Road (County Road 8)                   Concrete slab

Kawagama Lake – Fletcher Bay                        1948 McClintock Road                                                          Sand/gravel

Kawagama Lake – Russell Landing                  1518 Russell Landing Road                                                  Floating dock

Kawagama Lake – Russell Landing                  1518 Russell Landing Road                                                  Concrete slab

Lake of Bays – Trading Bay                                22602 Hwy 35 (Dorset Parkette)                                          Concrete slab

Otter Lake – Parkers Landing                            1585 Livingstone Lake Road (County Road 12)                  Concrete slab

Raven lake                                                            21624 Hwy 35                                                                          Concrete slab

Skin (Lower Fletcher) Lake                                 2225 Livingstone Lake Road (County Road 12)                 Sand/gravel

St. Nora Lake                                                       20130 Hwy 35 N (at the Frost Centre)                                 Concrete slab

Troutspawn Lake                                                Troutspawn Lake Road                                                         Concrete slab

Wolf Lake                                                             Crown Lake Road                                                                     Sand/gravel

All of these boat launches are free to use and park, but always remember they are not maintained which means your vehicle is being left unattended, so use at your own risk.

Happy boating!

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