Bonnechere River

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

Centennial Park. 



Fourth Chute

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.



Fifth Chute

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.


Rotary Beach


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.



Golden Lake

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

bounded by the Township of North Algona-Wilberforce, the Township of

Bonnechere Valley and Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation.



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

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,, 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.


Lake Clear Public Beach

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.



Lake Dore

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.