Onwatin 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: www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-environmental-cleaning.pdf?la=en





Quality Characteristics

Spring Phosphorus Results
The 2017 spring phosphorus value for Onwatin Lake is 6.7 µg/L. The average total spring phosphorus for Onwatin Lake since 2001 is 7.67 µg/L which is well 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 Onwatin Lake from 2001-2017 (PDF 11 KB).  

Shoreline Classification Project

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General Information

Onwatin Lake has 159 permanent residents and 13 seasonal/recreational residents.

Location & Lake Characteristics
Onwatin Lake is located in Hanmer and Capreol townships, near the town of Hanmer. Onwatin Lake has an area of 34.2 hectares and a shoreline perimetre of 5.4 kilometres. The maximum depth is 4 metres. Onwatin Lake is actually a widening of the Vermilion River. View maps of Onwatin Lake

Watershed Information
Onwatin is located in the Upper Vermilion Watershed. For more information on the watershed, visit the following link: Watershed Map.

Lake Stewardship
For information regarding the Onwatin Lake Stewardship Committee visit the Lake Stewardship link.

Biological Characteristics

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

Aquatic Insects
For more information about macro invertebrates (aquatic insects), visit the Aquatic Insects Information section of our website.

Aquatic Plants
There is currently no data for aquatic plants.