Blackstone Lake & Surrounding Area
The purpose of a Lake & Area Management Plan is to recognize and protect the unique character of a watershed and the lake or lakes contained therein. Ways to ensure the long-term protection, maintenance and restoration of natural, social and physical features are recommended.
Lake Planning is a community –based process that considers the interests of all stakeholders with the watershed surrounding a particular lake. These stakeholders include the shoreline owners and residents, any commercial operators, private and crown land managers and lake users.
The Blackstone Lake watershed occupies a unique location in Central Ontario. Readily accessible by major highway but far enough from it to be relatively secluded with limited water access. Blackstone Lake is located in the Township of the Archipelago, Ontario, 15 km south of Parry Sound, 8 km west of Highway 400 and 10 km east of Massassauga Provincial Park. Blackstone Lake is labeled on the official Ontario Road Map (n-250).
Blackstone is a clean body of water , about 5 km by 3km, with 35 km of shoreline, 40% of which is crown land. Containing nine islands, the lake covers 515.6 hectares, approximately 2 square miles. The lake is relatively contained with navigable river access to Crane Lake as well. The maximum depth of the lake is 58 meters. Blackstone is a lake populated primarily by seasonal cottagers. There is only one commercial enterprise on the lake and Angler’s Inn has been tremendously supportive of lake stewardship efforts. Similarly there are only a handful of year round residents