Endless miles of shoreline to explore…
Lake Biscotasi (pronounced bisk-O-teh-see) means lake of long bays in native Ojibwa. It surely is full of bays and islands too. The lake stretches nearly 23 miles from end to end. It has over 600 miles of shoreline and contains over 400 islands.
The lake is a typical Canadian shield lake. Its’ beauty is varied with sections of the lake displaying smooth granite rock shorelines while others are densely vegetative with pine trees growing right along the waters edge. Some areas of the lake reach over 70′ in depth but this is the exception. You will find the average middle depth of the lake in the 20′ range.
A week of fishing Biscotasi is not near enough time to see everything. Its vastness and diverse character make for days of endless exploring. You will never get bored of being on Lake Biscotasi. Guests that have been coming to End of Trail for years have yet to discover the lake entirely.
Lake Biscotasi is the last lake in a series that make up the Spanish River watershed. Since the early 1900’s it has been controlled by a small set of dams. Strict regulations maintain the water levels at optimum conditions for most of the year which is essential in providing the best habitat for fish and wildlife.
The waters of Lake Biscotasi are stained. This tea-coloured effect results from the surrounding soil and vegetation leaching out tannins into the water. Home for the much prized walleye, these stain colour waters are ideal for the light sensitive fish. The lake is also home to the northern pike, yellow perch, and lake whitefish.
The lake’s most famous inhabitant is the loon. Loon and baby on Bisco are a common sight all over the lake, a visit to the north isn’t complete until you see (and hear) this beautiful bird. It’s haunting call is a sound you won’t soon forget. In the skies above, fly bald eagles and osprey. Other creatures you may encounter are: the majestic moose, black bear, wolves and beaver – just to name a few.
New Park Designation Preserves the Areas’ Wilderness
Lake Biscotasi has been entirely incorporated into a new provincial park. This park is designated as a recreation park. This means all the shoreline of the lake is protected from any development such as cottage lots, forestry, mining and the like but activities such as fishing, hunting, motor boating, and tourism are still permitted. The park will ensure the Bisco area is left untouched for generations to come!