Wildlife is abundant all around scenic Rice Lake
Rice Lake is just far enough off the beaten track to let you know you are away but close enough to urban areas to be easily accessed! Rice Lake is an eutrophic lake, formed by the retreating glaciers of the last ice age nestled in the scenic glacial moraine to the north of Lake Ontario. A shallow lake, it features marshes and wetlands at the mouths of the Otonabee, Ouse, and Indian Rivers that flow into the lake. These areas are home to turtles, beavers, muskrats, and many other animal species that can be observed via canoe or kayak.
For birders – Rice Lake is on one of the main migratory paths and the marshes and wetlands are home to many, many species including Eagles, Herons and Ospreys.
For hikers – The local Tall Grass Savannah is being carefully preserved and can be experienced via hiking trails and tours developed in the nearby Alderville First Nation conservation area. Just west of the lake is the huge Ganaraska Forest.
For boaters – A very large lake, over 18 miles long, Rice Lake is connected to the Trent Canal System, a 380 km network of waterways that connect the Bay of Quinte, on Lake Ontario, to Georgian Bay. Imagine the possibilities here! The lake itself has many marinas and docking facilities.
In addition, there are numerous conservation areas and scenic attractions located around the lake that you can enjoy for a fun day of relaxation or recreation.