ontario lake

Balsam Lake is a lake located in the Kawartha lakes region of south central Ontario, Canada (coordinates ). It is 16 km long and averages 3 km wide. The Gull River empties into the lake.

This lake is the highest point of the Trent-Severn Waterway; from here, the waterway descends to Georgian Bay in the northwest, and to Lake Ontario in the southeast. Some claim that Balsam Lake, at 256.3 m (841') above sea level, is the highest point on Earth to which a boat can be navigated from sea level. However, navigable portions of the system formed by the Mississippi River and its tributaries are at elevations of over 305 m (1,000') above sea level.

The village of Coboconk, Ontario is located on the north side of the lake. Balsam Lake Provincial Park is also located on the lake.

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