The Bonnechere River travels 145 km from its source in Algonquin Park to the
Ottawa River at Castleford. The Bonnechere River, while the smallest of the major
tributaries of the Ottawa River, drains an area half the size of Prince Edward
Island. This watershed provides productive farmland, substantial forests, and
scenic landscape along its course. The river has many calm stretches, with
intermittent rapids and waterfalls. Log drivers built chutes around these
obstacles, and later dams were built to produce hydroelectricity.
Eganville has several excellent locations for viewing the river including downtown
From Hwy 41 at Eganville turn onto Fourth Chute Road (going east) and travel 8
km. Park on the left just before the bridge crossing the Bonnechere River.The
Fourth Chute is one of five spectacular waterfalls on the river. The Chute is also
the site of the Bonnechere Caves. The limestone caves were carved out by water
after the last ice age about 10,00 years ago.
Located just a short walk from downtown Eganville at McRae Lookout Park.
Platforms allow visitors to walk out over the water for a better view of the beauty
and power of the Bonnechere River.
Located in the village of Eganville on Jane Street, you will find shaded and grassy
areas withpicnic tables, a playground for the kids and a gazebo. Parking is free
and there are washrooms on-site. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at this
time. Be aware that the beach is not supervised by lifeguards.
Beautiful Golden Lake is home to many resorts and recreational opportunities.
Golden Lake is known for its smallmouth bass and Northern pike fishing and has
a smooth, sandy bottom for swimmers. The lake reportedly got its name from the
flecks of pyrite or “fool’s gold” that can be seen glinting on the bottom of the
lake near the shore. The lake is made up of three sections: the largest at the
western end of the lake, a smaller section to the east, and a much smaller section
at the eastern end of the lake, where it flows into the Bonnechere River. It is
Public Boat Launches
Township of Bonnechere Valley owns and maintains a free public boat launch at
Bonnechere Lodge on Golden Lake. There is also a public boat launch at Wilber Lake.
Lake Clear is famous for its incredible landscapes, island camping, fantastic
fishing and boating, and clear, turquoise waters. Lake Clear also has a renowned
reputation for drawing some of the finest artists from far and wide to paint here.
Once such artist, A.Y. Jackson of the Group of Seven, painted extensively in this
area in the 1950’s and 60’s. Lake Clear’s vibrant art community has
commemorated A.Y. Jackson’s presence in a
website, www.ayjacksontrail.ca, featuring contemporary artists
who have painted from the lake, and with a trail that takes you to some of the
places A.Y. Jackson painted in the area.
You can stand in the spot where A.Y. Jackson painted Big Rock by walking to the
end of the public beach on Beulow Road and following the walking trail. A close-
up view of Big Rock is an easy paddle away.
With a very gradual bed drop off, visitors can wade up to
at least 200m before hitting swimming depth which makes it ideal for young
families. The lake bed is smooth and clean; the beach is fine white sand is ideal
for sand castles. There are no picnic areas or lifeguards on duty but compost
toilets are available to the public. There are no boat launches in proximity to the
beach but the area is perfect for a paddle to nearby Hurds Creek where you can
spot many snapping turtles and Peregrin falcons.
Not far from Golden Lake and only a few minutes from Eganville, Lake Dore is
home to campgrounds, cottages, trails and Melissa Bishop Park. Lake Dore is a
long-time favourite for Eganville vacationers and famous for being the largest
freshwater lake in North America without any islands.
Melissa Bishop Park
Frolic on the beach an swim in beautiful Lake Dore. Relax in the shade and grass.
Bring a picnic! There are washrooms on-site and a playground for children.
However, no dogs allowed on the beach at this time. Access is free but the water
is not supervised by lifeguards. In 2015 this park, which was then called the North
Algona Wilberforce Township Park was renamed Melissa Bishop Park to honour
our hometown Olympian. The park sign lists Bishop’s accomplishments including
being a gold medallist at the Pan Am Games, a two-time Olympian and the
national record holder in the women’s 800m.