Burnt River Watershed

Burnt River Watershed - Canning Lake, Koshlong Lake, Drag Lake, White Lake, Contau Lake, Gooderham Lake, Glamor Lake, Little Glamor Lake, Loon Lake, Long Lake, Esson Lake, Pusey Lake, Farquhar Lake

Burnt River Watershed – Canning Lake, Koshlong Lake, Drag Lake, White Lake, Contau Lake, Gooderham Lake, Glamor Lake, Little Glamor Lake, Loon Lake, Long Lake, Esson Lake, Pusey Lake, Farquhar Lake

Normal water levels on the Burnt River - October 30, 2011

Normal water levels on the Burnt River – October 30, 2011

The Burnt River watershed is near the top of the Trent River basin and lies between the Gull River to the west and the Nogies Creek, Mississagua River, and Eels Creek watersheds to the south, southeast and east respectively.

While the drainage area of the Burnt River is only slightly smaller than that of the Gull River, at approximately 1300 square kilometers, the Burnt River is capable of generating extremely high spring flows.

The Trent-Severn Waterway operates 13 dams within the Burnt River watershed. The majority of the lakes within the Burnt River are relatively small in terms of both their storage capacities and their surface areas.  This is the main reason why the Burnt River is capable of generating such high flows.  With a finite amount of storage in the lakes in the headwaters of the Burnt River, the system is incapable of absorbing extreme melt water and or precipitation.

Burnt River Flood Waters - kawartha lakes

During recent Flood conditions in the Kawarthas

Once local inflow has filled the lakes in the headwaters of the Burnt River, any additional water moves to the lower Burnt River, downstream of Kinmount, where the majority of the flooding occurs.  The outlet of the Burnt River flows into Cameron Lake, Where the flows from Balsam Lake unite at Rosedale, and head downstream to the town of Fenelon Falls.

View Pictures of 2013 flooding in the Kawarthas

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