Lake Kasshabog, known locally as Kosh, is a medium size and depth picturesque lake in the Havelock Belmont and Methune Township in the eastern Kawarthas, just east of Stoney Lake. The lake is due east of Petroglyphs Provincial Park, with a few facilities on the lake, occupied mostly by cottages. There are over 600 cottages on the lake. It is a quieter location just east of the popular Stoney Lake.
There is access to the west shore of Kasshabog Lake off of County Road 6 (formerly Stoney Lake Road), which runs east from Lakefield along the south and east shore of Stoney Lake to its end at the Unimin Mine at Nephton. Most of the cottages on the lake are accessed from the east side by County Road 46, which runs north from Havelock. The lake consists of 2,000 acres with 47 miles of shoreline. The abundance of shoreline is due to the shape of the lake that includes many narrow inlets and bays. Its average depth is 15 feet and it is 78 feet at its deepest. The Crowe Valley Conservation Authority controls the lake’s level with a dam at the south end of the lake.
Kasshabog has no water access to other lakes and is fed by rivers with the main one being the North River. Kosh is considered by many an ideal fishing lake. The lake is best known for fishing Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Musky and some Walleye (Pickerel). Musky were stocked in the lake in the 1980s and 1990s so there are now some very large Musky waiting to be caught. More recently, Walleye were reintroduced to the lake by the Ministry of Natural Resources in the early 2000s. There is excellent structure and habitat on the lake for fish. Regular fishing tournaments are held on Kasshabog Lake.
Publicly open facilities include the Blue Mountain Lodge on the west side, which provides rental cottage accommodation and a restaurant. There are a number of other cottage rentals are available on the lake. There is also the Stoney Point Marina on West Kosh Road with excellent facilities and a fully licensed restaurant.
To the north of the lake the mine at Nephton has operated since 1935. There was a village beside the mine, which included a post office, school and library in addition to homes for mine workers and executives. The village buildings were removed with many relocated in the 1980s. What remains is the active mine and a waste pond, which is now owned by a Belgian company.
By Murray H. Miskin,
Resident of a neighbouring lake.