Lake Clear

Big Rock, A.Y. Jackson, October 1962

Last Light, Lake Clear, (Big Rock) Charles Comfort

Lake Clear lies on the southern edge of the rift valley known as the Ottawa-Bonnechere graben, with the escarpment of the Mount St. Patrick Fault along its south shore. Its surface area is 17.4 km.² Lake Clear has the second longest shoreline of all the Bonnechere watershed lakes, at 46.4 km. Its deepest point is 46 m, with an average depth of approximately 20 m. Creeks running into Lake Clear include Kregurs, Neilan and Rodden, and the lake is connected to the Bonnechere River though Hurds Creek. 

The geological history of the lake and its environs is quite unique and explains the presence of Ryan Mountain, Big Rock and the many islands. Visit for additional information.

Lake Clear has over a dozen islands that, with the exception of two that are privately owned, are available to the public. The Lake Clear Conservancy stewards these islands and manages 7 island campsites.

Eagle Rock, Hurds Creek, John Almstedt

Eagle Rock at the entrance to Hurds Creek is another artistic rock face resulting from dynamic forces that once acted upon this area.

Lake Clear has long been renowned for its aesthetic appeal. In the 1950s A.Y. Jackson began visiting the lake as did his artist friends Ralph Burton, Maurice Haycock and Charles Comfort. They left a legacy that has inspired many contemporary artists. Today the lake has a growing presence  of permanent and visiting artists many of whom are portrayed in this website.

Information on this page is contributed by:
The Bonnechere River Watershed A Nature in Your Watershed Guide 
Al Donaldson
John Almstedt
Kevin Gillis

A.Y. Jackson painting reproduced courtesy of the Estate of the late Dr. Namoni Jackson Groves. Photo credits: Kathy M. Haycock.