Dense Natural Forest

McKay Lake

McKay Lake is located in the heart of Muskoka's cottage country. This headwater lake and associated community are approximately 2 hours from the GTA. Homes on the western shore of McKay Lake are surrounded by dense natural forest, offering privacy, blended with the convenience of being close to the amenities of Bracebridge. With a variety of holiday home designs featuring outdoor-oriented features, McKay Lake is a peaceful escape with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, including fishing, kayaking, hiking, and more. 

Muskoka chairs on a dock over looking lake Huron

McKay Lake Waterfront Cottages Statistics

Average Price $902K
Lowest Price $1
Highest Price $88M
Total Listings 92,223
Avg. Price/SQFT $19.3K

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McKay Lake Waterfront Cottages

Located in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, the McKay Lake area in Muskoka is a serene setting for tranquil lakeside homes. Surrounded by dense natural forest, the area offers a variety of home designs, complete with all of the features to fully enjoy the great outdoors.

A typical home in the McKay Lake area is a charming and cozy cottage or large cabin, situated on a large lot, surrounded by tall trees and lush vegetation, with ample privacy and natural beauty to enjoy. These homes really are designed to take full advantage of the surroundings, with large windows and outdoor spaces like decks, firepits, and docks to enjoy the lake.

Most of McKay Lake’s western shore is developed with lake homes and cottages in this style. These homes are just a short distance away from the nearby hub of Bracebridge, offering the perfect balance of seclusion and convenience.

Close proximity to the lake means easy access to swimming, fishing, boating, and other water-related activities. And for those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are plenty of nearby hiking trails, parks, and other recreational facilities including many other lakes.

Overall, a lakeside home around McKay Lake provides a delightful blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure, making it the perfect choice for families and friends looking to get away in cottage country.

Things To Do Around McKay Lake

For outdoor enthusiasts, there's plenty to explore in the area around McKay Lake. You can fish, canoe, swim, kayak, hike, camp, or hunt in the surrounding wilderness. Local recreational sites include Bigwind Lake Provincial Park, Lake Muskoka, as well as many other smaller lakes and rivers.

In the winter, these all freeze over, allowing those who brave the cold to enjoy skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and more. Golf lovers can visit the nearby Bracebridge Golf Club, just 20 minutes north of McKay Lake via Bracebridge.

The nearby town of Bracebridge offers a range of shopping, dining, and recreational options, with convenient name stores like Walmart and Home Depot, and sporting facilities like Peake Fields Ballpark Complex. Entertainment and dining options include popular local joints like the Griffin Pub, Bracebridge Hall, The Old Station, and Main Street Delicatessen.

Location & Area Information

McKay Lake - the community and body of water - are both located in the District of Muskoka, the municipality of Bracebridge and the township of Draper.

McKay Lake is approximately 10 km east of Bracebridge via Muskoka Road 14 also known as Fraserburg Road. and is situated on the south side of Muskoka Road 14, also known as Fraserburg Road. Taking Rainbow Lane or Purbrook Road off Road 14 provides access to most of the properties around McKay Lake. McKay Lake can be reached after an approximately 2-hour drive from the Greater Toronto Area.

McKay Lake - the natural feature - is a headwater lake flowing south via McKay Creek into the South Branch of the Muskoka River. This lake is not to be confused with a small lake of the same name in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa.

FAQs About McKay Lake

Q: How big is McKay Lake, Ontario?
A: McKay Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario has a surface area of 132 hectares or 326 acres. The perimeter of the lake is 7 km.

Q: What fish are in McKay Lake?
A: McKay is home to a number of native fish species including northern pike, brook trout, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, white sucker, burbot, yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, creek chub, trout-perch, and golden shiner.

Q: Are there any public boat launches on McKay Lake?
A: No, there are no public boat launches on McKay Lake, but visitors can access the lake with non-motorized watercraft from designated access points.


Stunning view of vibrant forestry on Muskoka lake waters near a dock

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