Heart Of Nature

Bitter Lake

Bitter Lake is a small body of water with a charming and peaceful community located in the heart of Haliburton County, Ontario. With its tranquil water and idyllic surroundings, Bitter Lake offers serene relaxation along with exciting outdoor activities. The area is also known for its high-quality homes and properties, many of which boast stunning views of the water, along with private docks or swimming platforms. With its friendly and welcoming community, Bitter Lake is the perfect place for family vacations or a second home. 

Ice branches by lake with sunset

Bitter Lake Waterfront Cottages Statistics

Average Price $914K
Lowest Price $1
Highest Price $88M
Total Listings 96,204
Avg. Price/SQFT $21.1K

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Bitter Lake Waterfront Cottages

The lakeside homes of Bitter Lake have everything you might expect from cottages in this beautiful part of Haliburton County, Ontario.

To begin with, the homes are well designed to take advantage of the beautiful setting, with large wall-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors opening onto wide decks overlooking the water.

Tall ceilings, open-concept living spaces, and a large number of sleeping spaces make these great properties for entertaining or hosting friends and family. Interiors blend a rustic feeling, with a lot of wood and natural materials, with modern conveniences including up-to-date appliances and luxurious bathroom features.

Yards tend to be generously sized. You can prioritize a well-kept lawn for picnics and games, or let the trees crowd in to enhance the wild and secluded feeling of the location.

Things to Do Around Bitter Lake, Ontario

Unsurprisingly, a lake home on Bitter Lake is a great place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Ontario’s cottage country. You could easily spend days indoors around a fireplace, taking in the views, reading a book, or you can get out into the yard or on the lake for sunbathing, boating, or a BBQ. Whether alone, with family, or with friends, there’s always something to enjoy or do around Bitter Lake.

Bitter Lake is less than 10 minutes south of the Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve. Haliburton Forest is a sustainable forestry project supporting various research and recreation activities. People come to Haliburton Forest for canopy tours, sawmill tours, dog sledding, and astronomy.

Other popular local activities include:

  • Snowmobiling
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing and hunting
  • Snowshoeing
  • Skiing Camping and hiking

Bitter Lake Location Information

Bitter Lake is located in Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada, about 15 kilometres or less than a 30-minute drive north of the town of Haliburton. The town of Bracebridge in Muskoka is approximately an hour's drive west.

Bitter Lake itself is relatively small, being just 1.7 kilometres long with a surface area of around 44 hectares, or 109 acres. The lake drains into nearby Tedious Lake before flowing to the Redstone, then Gull, then Trent Rivers, eventually emptying into Lake Ontario at Trenton.

Other nearby lakes include Burdock Lake, and the much larger Redstone and Kennisis Lakes to the east and north respectively.

There are some bodies of water with similar names around the world, most notably the Great Bitter Lake along the Suez Canal, and a Bitter Lake in Seattle.

FAQs About Bitter Lake

Q: What fish are in Bitter Lake, Ontario?
A: Bitter Lake in Ontario is home to a number of fish species including lake trout, smallmouth bass, and rock bass.

Q: Where is Bitter Lake located exactly?
A: Ontario’s Bitter Lake is located in Haliburton County, approximately 23 kilometers by road from the town of Haliburton near Redstone Lake. As well, it's situated about 163 km North of Barrie, or about a 2-hour drive.

Q: Are there public swimming areas or beaches on Bitter Lake in Haliburton?
A: No, Bitter Lake does not have designated public swimming areas or beaches, as the majority of the shoreline is privately owned. 


Gorgeous sunset view of Haliburton lake waters near a dock

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