Lake Manitou Area Association
Lake Manitou - Largest Lake on a Freshwater Island
Lake Manitou is the largest lake of the 108 lakes on Manitoulin Island with a surface area of approximately 104 sq. km or 40.5 sq. miles. It also can lay claim to being the largest lake on a freshwater island in the world. It is located at the center of the island and is accessible from various public boat launches on the lake.
The Lake Manitou Area Association is a non-profit volunteer-based organization, established in 1993 to oversee the environmental integrity of Lake Manitou and its surrounding rivers and water systems. It has a committed member base of 238 and counting individuals.
Since 1993, the LMAA has been dedicated to educating its lake residents about the benefits of environmental stewardship and sustainable water front living. Early on in the association’s existence, the Manitou River’s headwaters were identified as needing some restoration as it had suffered from many years of neglect. It no longer provided adequate habitat to support aquatic marine life and the spawning beds that were so vital to the sport fishery of Lake Huron were in disrepair. Association volunteers worked a few days each summer for the next three years to remove broken glass and all forms of rubbish from the river. The following year, a Ministry Grant allowed the association to hire a local contractor who provided large equipment as well as boulders & logs necessary to provide fish protection and narrow the river in some areas so the spawning beds could be reclaimed.
More recently, association volunteers have been assisted by a number of stewardship partners in an effort to restore perch habitat, and build brook trout spawning beds in Lake Manitou.
Please click on the image to visit their website and to learn more about water in Lake Manitou on Manitoulin Island. https://lakemanitouarea.ca/