Lower Buckhorn Lake / Deer Bay

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The little hamlet of Buckhorn located in Harvey Township has become a popular stopover for many boaters and land tourists from far and wide. The famous Trent-Severn Waterway flows through the hamlet, which is located at the northern end of Buckhorn Lake. Lock #31, which is one of the busiest on the Trent, is located beside the Main Street downtown core of Buckhorn. The lock and dam are holding back the largest water body in the Kawarthas, which include Buckhorn, Pigeon and Chemong Lakes.
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Get to know Lower Buckhorn Lake / Deer Bay

These lakes offer fantastic possibilities for boaters, fishermen, nature lovers, artists and photographers. The area is dotted with excellent camping grounds. Miles and miles of country roads offer the most interesting variations in scenes of farms, hills, lakeshores, hamlets and villages. The Buckhorn area is well known for its artists and crafts people and there is no wonder why…Here nature offers its best to inspire the wildlife and landscape artists. First-class galleries and craft ships are abundant and several juried shows of province wide interest are organized each year. Most notable of the shows is the three day Buckhorn Wildlife Art Festival & Sale, organized in mid August at the Buckhorn Community Centre. When the snow covers the ground the area is still buzzing with activity. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, skating and many other winter activities are plentiful. When visiting Buckhorn, one cannot miss the intriguing life size sculpture located at the locks. The sculpture symbolizes the name Buckhorn and the area wildlife. Back in the 1830’s deer was plentiful and as the story is told, the first settler, John Hall, was so proud of the fine bucks he shot, that he put the horns up on the side of his mill. These fine specimens earned the name of Buckhorn for the settlement. Later it was changed to Halls Bridge and went by that name for some time, but in 1953, it was officially changed back and remained “BUCKHORN”.


  1. In winter, there’s cross-country skiing, and ice fishing north of Buckhorn on Mississagua Lake.
  2. Snowmobile enthusiasts will revel in some of the best-groomed and scenic trails around. Buckhorn acts as the Gateway to the Kawartha Snow Trails, which connect with the Provincial trail network. The 700 member Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club welcomes you to their own well-groomed trail system.
  3. The clubhouse is located on Highway #36 approximately 1 km to the east of Highway #507 over the Mississauga River Bridge, on the north side. Parking is plentiful for your vehicle and trailer. Activities include: pancake breakfast, BBQ, poker run, euchre nights, or just a plain get-together for an afternoon ride. They also welcome cross-country skiers and snowshoe hikers.
  4. The Buckhorn area is usually blessed with adequate snow cover by December to begin trail grooming and provides good running until mid-March.
  5. If you’re not into snowmobiling, skiing, or snowshoeing, just come for the breathtaking scenery…the rock cuts jutting from freshly fallen snow, the great pines shimmering with a sprinkling of white, and sun’s rays dancing atop the frozen ice surface.
  6. A getaway from the slush and the mush of the city. In Buckhorn and District winter is bright, clean, and refreshingly beautiful.
Lower Buckhorn Lake Deer Bay
Lower Buckhorn Lake Deer Bay

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