Lake Vernon is part of the “four lake chain” which also includes Fairy Lake, Peninsula Lake, and Mary Lake and provides over 40 miles of boating enjoyment. Boasting a healthy variety of plant, fish and wildlife, Lake Vernon maintains much of its original, natural landscape with significant parcels of shoreline yet to be developed.
A Brief History of Lake Vernon
Surveyor John Dennis made the first known visit to the Big East River (which opens to Lake Vernon) in 1860. Lake Vernon was named by John Dennis after assistant Vernon B. Wadsworth. The lake was official opened for settlement in 1868, giving settlers free 100-acre parcels. Growth of the area was slowed in 1868 when a railway was established, but once construction was completed, it quickly brought tourists and proved to be critical to the economic growth of the area. As the area grew more popular, better roads were established around the lake to keep up with the population expansion. Since then, areas around the lake have continued to be developed making this a popular lake for tourists and cottagers.
Key Facts about Lake Vernon
The maximum water depth of Lake Vernon is approximately 38 metres, and it has a perimeter of 43kms. The mean depth is about 14 meters. The shores are home to well-known youth camps where guests are treated to the simplistic, relaxing lifestyle that Lake Vernon has to offer. With much of the shoreline undeveloped, this is an area that offers a plenty of potential for future development. Ensuring the preservation of the lake is The Lake Vernon Association; A not-for-profit group consisting mainly of property owners from the areas surrounding Lake Vernon who mandate the environmental health of the lake, and natural habitats. The main focuses of the association are ensuring the protection of the land and the species in, and around the lake.