Big Cedar Lake

This lake is a smaller lake in the heart of the central Kawartha Lakes with clean water, beautiful views and approximately 130 dedicated land owners who appreciate the ability to use this wonderful resource.

The Big Cedar Stewardship Association has been formed to bring the owners, friends, visitors and other interested parties together to properly protect, enhance and appreciate this unique and special place.

The Big Cedar Lake Stewardship Association is incorporated as a non-profit corporation under the name of Big Cedar Lake Stewardship Association (BCLSA). Although the immediate focus was to address the Milfoil weed problem which has grown in the Lake, it was felt it would be valuable to have an ongoing Association in the long term.

Users of the lake comprise recreational users, permanent residents, vacationers at the campground located on the lake and their visitors. All those who make use of the lake are encouraged to treat it carefully to protect the quality of the lake, its flora and fauna and to make the use of the lake enjoyable for all.

For those visitors to these pages who have not had the opportunity to experience the lake first hand we hope to provide a representative snapshot of why we appreciate this beautiful area.

Big Cedar Lake is situated on the North West Side of Highway 28 north about 4 kilometers from Burleigh Falls Ontario.

Google earth view of Big Cedar Lake

It is a land locked lake close to but not on the Trent Severn Waterway System. Several canoe routes use the lake as part of the transit from more Northern lake strings through Big Cedar and onto Eels Creek to Stoney Lake the largest lake in this section of the Kawarthas. Several island properties are occupied by cottagers and coupled with the many bays help to provide protected areas for canoeing and kayaking.

The lake is accessed by four main roads each with several branches to reach all shores of the lake. There is no ‘ring road’ around the lake meaning that all roads eventually dead end at impassable areas of natural shore. There are no facilities on the lake for transient or day users excepting a couple of campsites at either end of the canoe routes which runs the full length of the lake.

The lake has a reputation for cleanliness, freshness and clarity and provides a home for small mouth bass, perch, sunfish, rock bass muskelunge and pickeral. Two resident pairs of Osprey home on the lake each summer as do several loons and a few Canada Geese. Winter users are treated to a good sized herd of deer who roam the lake and surrounding forest areas.

The following is a map, showing the labels for the various bays and islands on the lake: