Katchewanooka Lake

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Katchewanooka Lake
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Katchewanooka Lake
Location Peterborough County, Ontario
Group Kawartha lakes
Coordinates 44°27′N78°16′W / 44.450°N 78.267°W / 44.450; -78.267 Coordinates: 44°27′N78°16′W / 44.450°N 78.267°W / 44.450; -78.267
Primary inflows Stoney Lake
Primary outflows Otonabee River
Basin  countriesCanada
Max. length5 mi (8.0 km)
Max. width0.5 mi (0.80 km)
Max. depth50 ft (15 m)
Surface elevation233 m (764 ft)
The Kawartha lakes with Katchewanooka Lake (N). Kawartha Lakes w legend.png
The Kawartha lakes with Katchewanooka Lake (N).

Katchewanooka Lake is one of the Kawartha lakes in south-central Ontario, Canada. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) long and .5 miles (0.80 km) wide. The Trent Severn Waterway flows through Lake Katchewanooka into the Otonabee River at its outlet just north of Lakefield, continuing southwest through Little Lake in Peterborough and on into Rice Lake. [1] Lakefield College School lies on the east side of the lake. [2]

Susanna Moodie, author of Roughing it in the Bush (1852), lived on a farm on the lake in the 1830s. [3]

Although water levels in this lake and others in the Kawartha Lakes system are controlled to some extent by locks and dams, the lakeshore is vulnerable to flooding during the spring run-off period. [4]

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  2. "Lakefield College School". Lakefield College School. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  3. "Susanna Moodie Homestead, Lake Katchowanook, Canada West c.1854". Goldi Productions. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  4. "Flood warning remains in effect but water levels have dropped". Metroland Media Group. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2009-09-11.