Gullwing Lake can be found near Torrance by following Hwy #169 to Southwood Road and turning immediately left on the Clear Lake Road, which follows the north shore of Clear lake to Gullwing Lake. Gullwing Lake is another quiet lake with boating thru a small channel into Echo Lake for more fishing areas. There is a camp ground on the north shore known as Gullwing Lake Park and although they have camping with about 100 sites the lake is not ‘boat challenged’. The shoreline surrounding the lake owned by about 20 cottagers, but as you pass thru the channel towards Echo Lake the land on either side is made up of 500 acres and about a mile and a half of shore line that is ‘Crown Land’ so check it out to experience a private picnic or ‘shore lunch’. The water is reasonable clear with good swimming and canoeing opportunities. The shore has some granite outcroppings but the area around the lake has tall trees due to deeper soil conditions than some other local lakes. Surrounded by Oak, Maple, Birch and some Tamarack it is a beautiful walk in the fall.
There are about 25 cottages on the lake and two thirds of the lake has no structures. The average depth is about 14 feet but there is an area about 32 feet deep. If you like to fish there are Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, catfish, and the lake has been stocked in the past by the Ministry of Natural Resources with trout. If you like to ‘night sky’ watch or walk a secluded protected area known as the Torrance Barrens just south of Gullwing lake. There is a convenience store at the corner of Southwood Rd and Hwy #169, and Bala ( a quaint town you will love ) is only 3-4 miles from the lake for all your other needs. Cottages on this lake seldom come up for sale but the price ranges will likely be between $250,000. and $500,000. For properties for sale on this lake call Muskoka Real Estate Services at 705-687-7777.
A bit of History: This area was settled by Swedish families. Olaf Willison was the first and he began a settlement around Gullwing Lake and Clear Lake (sometimes called Torrance Lake), and his encouragement led to other Swedish families, among them the Strombergs, Walstroms, Fergussons, and Nelsons to settle in the area.