Riley Lake is about 9 miles north east of Washago and about 15 miles from Gravenhurst. Access is off of District Road #6 ( also known as the Coopers Falls Road or the Housey Rapids Road ) Westview Subdivision Road, Riley Lake Road and Towbridge all lead into different areas of the lake.
The ‘Summerland’ store close to the lake is a typical cottage store for the necessities and a friendly chat with people of local knowledge. Riley Lake is an interesting lake to boat because of several bays and inlets and the islands like Rover and smaller islands like Pine and ‘Tim’s Island’, Long Bay, Chucks Bay, Tranquility Bay, Fisherman’s Bay, and Bush Bay (likely named after longtime resident Ostin Bush). Over many years roads have been extended to these bays and because they do not meet town standards or pass over private lands they remain private summer roads maintained by the cottagers. The cottagers have had some fun with their new map (available at the ‘Summerland ‘store) with names for land features near the roads such as: Slippery Climb Hill, Porcupine Run, Blueberry Hill, Owl Swamp, Bear Rock, Chickadee Pit and Balancing Rock. All are self explanatory and may give you an indication of the fun the residents have on this lake.
Green’s Creek at the far east end of the Fisherman’s Bay flows into the lake from marsh lands to the north and Riley Creek flows out at the south end of the lake to the Black River. The lake stretches for over 3 km. from east to west and over 2 km. north and south. A public wharf on Riley Lake Road provides docking and parking for boat access properties. The lake is about 50 feet deep in one pocket but averages about 16 feet in depth. A portion of Riley Lake borders on crown lands known as Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. Your catch of the day will likely be a Largemouth or Smallmouth bass, although, yellow perch, brown catfish, herring, and black crappies ( introduced recently ) are also present.
The research department of Muskoka Real Estate Services has determined that cottage properties sold in the range of $475,000. to $700,000. in 2021 with the average cottage in the area of $640,000.00. Less than 10% of the owners are year round residents. For properties for sale on this lake call Muskoka Real Estate Services at 705-687-7777.
- Location (Google Maps)
- Queen Elizabeth ll Wildlands Provincial Park
- Queen Elizabeth ll Wildlands Provincial Park- Fact Sheet
- Riley Lake Barrens
- Riley Lake Data Sheet