McCharles Lake

COVID Update:

No lifeguard supervision will take place at municipal beaches. 

Washroom facilities at the following waterfront areas will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, beginning Friday, June 26:
•    Bell Park Main Beach
•    Capreol Public Beach (portable washrooms)
•    Kalmo Beach
•    Meatbird Lake Park
•    Moonlight Beach
•    Nepawhin Lake Park
•    Whitewater Lake Park 

Washrooms will be maintained by Parks Services staff, in line with the Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings guidelines set out by Public Health Ontario. The guidelines can be found here:





Quality Characteristics

Spring Phosphorus Results
The 2018 spring phosphorus value for McCharles Lake is 15.4 µg/L. The average total spring phosphorus for McCharles Lake since 2001 is 26.11 µg/L which is above the Provincial Water Quality Objective of 20.0 µg/L and indicates that this lake is eutrophic.

For more detailed information, download the graph illustrating the spring phosphorus levels in McCharles Lake from 2001-2018 (PDF 190 KB).

Shoreline Classification Project

View your lake's shoreline classification (PDF 815 KB).

What colour is your shoreline? 

General Information

McCharles Lake has 89 permanent residents and 32 seasonal/recreational residents.

Location & Lake Characteristics
McCharles Lake is located in Graham township. McCharles is 150.1 hectares in size and has a shoreline perimeter of 12.7 kilometres. The maximum depth of McCharles Lake is 15 metres. View maps of McCharles Lake.

Watershed Information
McCharles Lake is located in the Lower Junction Creek Watershed. For more information on the watershed, visit the following link: Watershed Map.

Lake Stewardship
For information regarding the Lake Stewardship groups in the Greater Sudbury area or for information on how to start your own lake association, visit the Lake Stewardship link.

Biological Characteristics

Fish Species
For more detailed information on the different fish species found in Greater Sudbury follow the fish link.

Aquatic Insects
View a list of documented aquatic insects in McCharles Lake.

Aquatic Plants
View a list of the documented plant species in McCharles Lake.