Imagine entering a body of water and taking it in with all your senses; the feel of your feet touching the rocky, sandy or muddy bottom, the sensation of cool water on your skin, the smell of pine trees in the air, the taste of lake water on your lips – this is what swimming in the wild is all about.
The summer of 2020 was a challenge for all of us. Setting a goal, trying something new and having some fun was the motivation behind my challenge of swimming in as many lakes in my “neighbourhood” during this trying summer. My initial idea was to swim in at least twenty bodies of water, however as the summer went on – and what a beautiful one it was – the number rose to more than thirty.
With another “different kind of summer” ahead of us there is a new challenge – that of circling more lakes on my map and recording the miles that I swam. Why not set yourself a goal? Come, try it out and have an adventure this summer.
Frontenac County and beyond offers endless bodies of waters to discover and explore! Even better if you have a kayak, canoe or SUP as the possibilities are endless to get deeper into the wilderness and explore the waters.
Before heading out remember:
Please be respectful of nature and private property. Don’t leave anything behind and bring only happy memories with you! Be safe; swim with a friend and have a “swim buddy” tied to you so you can be easily spotted by boats. Always swim along the shore if you can’t be accompanied by a vessel.
See map below to locate the spots.
Long Lake Beach
Access Long Lake public beach by heading down Highway 38 which turns into Wagarville Rd. Turn right onto Long Lake Road. There is signage for the beach off Public Beach Rd. You will find a sandy beach featuring picnic tables and a great view down the long, narrow channel like lake. The sandy beach offers easy access into the water and a nice swim along the shore to the point and back.
Stop at “Seed to Sausage” on your way along Highway 38 towards Sharbot Lake and pick up something to boost your energy.
St. George Lake
if you happen to be hiking or biking along the K&P trail and are in need of a dip stop at St. George Lake. Right on Highway 38 and Shibly Rd. you will find a boat launch where you can enter the lake and enjoy cooling off.
Make sure to stop in the village of Sharbot Lake before heading up 509 to explore beautiful, rugged North Frontenac. Besides a beautiful sandy beach the village has lots of other amenities to offer such as the Heritage Railway museum, Cardinal Cafe along with the Maples Restaurant and the Sharbot Lake Inn.
North Frontenac Parklands is wilderness at it’s best. Please know that there is a fee for day use of the area and to access these lakes (it is worth it!).
Travelling on the 509 through Ompah continue until you get to Mosque Lake road, turn right and follow it until it turns into Hydro line Rd.
This lake offers an easy access into the beautiful clear waters at the boat launch. Here it is perfect to have a canoe, kayak or SUP as the rocky shoreline has many spots to pull up and enjoy the sun and tranquility of this sparkling lake.
Taking you deeper into the beautiful and rugged north, continue to Mair Lake in North Frontenac. This is a unique lake due to it’s turquoise colour and soft almost “quicksand-like” bottom. This lake has a magical feel to it and entering the still water leaves you feeling at peace with the world.
Get out, explore, swim wild!