The MNR participates in a cost sharing program with Environment Canada to maintain automatic water level monitoring stations on many of the larger lakes in the district. These stations are part of the Real-Time Water Level Network. This information can be accessed for the lakes listed below at http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/index_e.html.
Click on the link above and obtain the current water level value for the lake you are interested in. You must then add a unique conversion factor to the water level value obtained in order to determine the ACTUAL water level reading (elevation above sea level, in meters) for each lake. Actual water level values can then be compared to the annual lake operating plan chart of interest.
Add the Conversion Factor to the water level value from the Real -Time Water Level Network to determine the actual water level reading for one of the seven lakes listed.
Water Level Monitoring Station
|Fairy Lake (part of Huntsville Lakes Chart)||277.290|
|Go Home Lake near Potters Landing||0.0000|
|Lake Muskoka at Beaumaris||215.950|
|Lake of Bays at Baysville||304.841|
|Lake Rosseau at Port Carling||217.120|
|Mary Lake at Port Sydney||272.066|
A number of smaller lakes are not part of the real-time water level network. The MNR has built partnerships with cottager associations and volunteers to provide water level readings on their lake. These partnerships benefit both the MNR and the shoreline landowners.
Muskoka River Water Management Plan
Learn about water management planning and view the MRWMP report.
Muskoka River Watershed
View maps and schematics of water control structures in the Muskoka River Watershed.
Water Levels Throughout the Year
How are water levels managed during different seasons?
Operating Regime & Daily Procedures
View a typical Annual Lake Operating Plan and download the Annual Operating Plan for your lake.
Checking Water Levels on Your Lake
Use data from the Real-Time Water Level Netowrk to calculate the water level on your lake.
For more information on the Muskoka River Water Management Plan, please contact:
Steve Taylor, Water Resources Coordinator
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
1350 High Falls Road
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1W9
Phone: (705) 646-5509
The following links may be helpful to gain an understanding of the role and goals of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in managing water resources.