Rice Lake offers activities for the entire family! Relax along the shore and catch the early morning mist, cast your bait into the lake anticipating that fish strike, hike the many trails, go golfing, visit local attractions and historic towns, or just take in the natural beauty of the lake – it’s all just waiting for you!
The lake, located in Northumberland and Peterborough counties in south-eastern Ontario, is part of the international Trent-Severn Waterway system. It is 23 miles long and approximately 3 miles across, containing over twenty islands of various sizes. Its name is derived from the extensive wild rice beds that once flourished in its waters at the turn of the century. Rice Lake is sometimes included in the glacial chain of Kawartha Lakes, but geologically, it differs from its neighbouring lakes. Rice Lake’s origin is actually pre-glacial. (L.J. Chapman & D.F. Putman, The Physiography of Southern Ontario, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1951), p. 121).
A very fertile lake, the weeds provide cover and food for the local fish population. Using your favourite bait you’ll always have fun catching the various fish species of the lake – panfish (perch, bluegill, sunfish and crappie), walleye, muskie and both largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Rolling hills surrounding the lake provide beautiful views and some special attractions to take in – Lang Pioneer Village, Roseneath Carousel, Empire Cheese Co-op, the World’s Finest Chocolate Company and Church-Key Brewery, just to name a few.
For those outdoor enthusiasts there are many golf courses to challenge your skills as well as local walking trails – Ganaraska and Northumberland Forest – and cycling tours, all for your enjoyment!
Cottage resorts, campgrounds, trailer parks, inns and bed & breakfasts all exist for your comfort and provide various amenities to make your stay fun and memorable.
Guidelines for your visit are: Wake up smiling. Watch the sunrise. Take a nap. Feel the lake breeze. Make a splash. Read a book. Converse with nature. Take a walk. Listen to the birds while sipping a drink. Dance in the sand. Relax and be grateful for this day. Collect memories, not things. Most importantly, repeat daily! Enjoy your Rice Lake vacation!
Submitted by: Charlotte Clay-Ireland, Author of ‘Rice Lake Reflections. Available for purchase now.