Some of the smaller, but no less important tributaries of the Kawartha Lakes are the Nogies Creek, Mississagua River, Eels Creek and Jack Creek watersheds.
The Nogies Creek watershed contains only one reservoir operated by the Trent-Severn Waterway, that of Crystal Lake. At the headwaters of the Nogies Creek watershed, Crystal Lake is fed by several small tributaries which help to fill the lake during dry springs. Downstream of Crystal Lake, Nogies Creek (formally known as Harvey Brook) flows through both Bass Lake and Big March Lake before entering Pigeon Lake at its north end.
The Mississagua River watershed is a significant tributary of the Kawatha Lakes and lies between the Nogies Creek watershed to the west and the Eels Creek watershed to the east. With Anstruther Lake flowing into it, Mississauga Lake contributes a substantial volume of water to the Kawartha Lakes. Nearly 15% of the water retained in the reservoirs comes from Anstruther Lake and Mississaugua Lake.
The Eels Creek and Jack Creek watersheds have very similar characteristics. With each having a single reservoir within their headwaters, the watercourses behave very much the same throughout the year. The primary difference between the two is the size of Eels Creek compared to Jack Creek. The Eels Creek watershed has both a large reservoir in its head water and a large catchment area which contributes to its surface water runoff. For those reasons the Eels Creek watershed will generally generate higher flows.
View Pictures of 2013 flooding in the Kawarthas
- Water continues to rise on Gull River Watershed – Flooding in Kawartha Lakes April 26, 2013
- Kawartha Lakes Flood Pictures – April 23, 2013 April 23, 2013
- Kawartha Lakes – Flood Pictures April 22, 2013