McFarlane 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 2017 spring phosphorus value for McFarlane Lake is 9.5 µg/L. The average total spring phosphorus for McFarlane Lake since 2001 is 10.6 µg/L which is below the Provincial Water Quality Objective of 20.0 µg/L and indicates that this lake is likely oligotrophic.

For more detailed information, download the graph illustrating the spring phosphorus levels in McFarlane Lake from 2001-2017 (PDF 172  KB).

Report Card
Download or print a detailed copy of the McFarlane Lake Report Card, which outlines the characteristics and water quality of McFarlane Lake (PDF 77.3 KB).

Shoreline Classification Project

View your lake's shoreline classification (PDF 594 KB).

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General Information

McFarlane Lake has 230 permanent residents and 53 seasonal/recreational residents.

Location & Lake Characteristics
McFarlane Lake is located in Broder and Dill townships. McFarlane Lake is 166.1 hectares in size and has a shoreline perimeter of 9.6 kilometres. The maximum depth of McFarlane Lake is 18 metres. View maps of McFarlane Lake.

Watershed Information
McFarlane Lake is located in the Panache Watershed. For more information on the watershed visit the following link: Watershed Map.

Lake Stewardship
Click on the Friends of McFarlane Lake link to obtain information about the stewardship group and its activities.

For information about other Lake Stewardship groups in Greater Sudbury, visit the following link: Lake Stewardship.

Biological Characteristics

Fish Species
View a list of McFarlane Lake's documented fish species.

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

Aquatic Plants
View a list of aquatic plants documented in McFarlane Lake.