Welcome to Kennebec Lake

Kennebec Lake is located in Central Frontenac, off highway 7, north of Arden, Ont (approximately 20 km west of Sharbot Lake). The lake is approximately 14 km long and is "home" to over 200 seasonal and permanent residents.

The Kennebec Lake Association is a group formed to represent residents of the Kennebec watershed. Its mission is to preserve and enhance:

  • Water Quality
  • Air Quality
  • Peace and Tranquility
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Lifestyle

    The association acts to monitor the health of the lake and its ecosystems, organize community events, monitor lake issues such as taxes, interface with Municipal council and generally keep both seasonal and year-round residents informed of important developments.

    Recent Updates - Feb 2019

    Latest Newsletter

    The Winter 2018-2019 newsletter, as well as updated versions of the newsletter content and subject listings, are available online. KLA Newsletters (current and back issues) can be accessed via the "KLA Newsletters" menu item on the left side of this home page or by going to http://kennebeclake.ca/newsletters and scrolling to current newsletter. Below the link to the newsletter are links to online information referred to in the newsletter. Back issues of the newsletter, going all the way back to issue 1, are available on our site.

    upcoming events

    February 25, 2019, in Belleville: The New Science of Migration
    NASA and citizen scientists are working together to help migrating shorebirds! Pamela Stagg, radio host of The County, Naturally, will explain how revolutionary collaborations are changing our knowledge of bird migration. Quinte Field Naturalist meeting, 7:00 p.m., Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville. All welcome. For info, contact Denice at denicejohn@live.ca. Please refer to the event listing under the calendar on the right-hand side of the Kennebec Lake main home page to get a copy of the poster with full details.

    February 27, 2019, in Elginburg: Ontario Woodlot Assoc, Limestone Chapter
    Winter Woodlot Talk in Elginburg: Managing Invasive Species
    Several landowners’ perspectives including Richard and Kate’s personal experience with Dog-strangling Vine (their dog is still OK, too).
    7pm at Elginburg United Church Hall, 2170 Unity Road in Elginburg, north of Kingston
    For info, contact Dave Sexsmith at 613-373-9334 or owalimestone@gmail.com
    Please refer to the event listing under the calendar on the right-hand side of the Kennebec Lake main home page to get a copy of the poster with full details.

    February 28, 2019, in Ivanhoe: Buildings and their role in causing and reversing climate change
    Chris Magwood, founder of the Endeavour Centre (endeavourcentre.org), will present the latest information on energy efficient building and materials. 7 to 9 pm at the Community Hall, 11379 Hwy 62, Ivanhoe, north of Belleville. For info, contact 613-848-7697 or info@hastingsstewardship.ca
    Please refer to the event listing under the calendar on the right-hand side of the Kennebec Lake main home page to get a copy of the poster with full details.

    March 30th, 2019, in Sharbot Lake: "In the Presence of Nature" presentation by Michelle Valberg. Please refer to the event listing under the calendar on the right-hand side of the Kennebec Lake main home page to get a copy of the poster with full details.

    Phragmites - not an ornamental

    Phragmites - not an ornamental

    Contact the Kennebec Lake Association

    The KLA would like to have your feedback, stories and photos of the lake. We are collecting photos for a 2020 Kennebec Lake Calendar as well as for the Kennebec Lake website. For publication in the calendar, we need high-resolution photos with a horizontal orientation. The long edge should have a minimum resolution of 2300 pixels. The image should not be too dark or too light in colour. As always, we especially need winter and spring photos that are in line with the lake association’s values, with an emphasis on nature and wildlife.

    When you submit photo(s), please provide the date and location of the photo and a brief description to help us in creating an informative caption. There are currently no restrictions on what type of device (phone, tablet, camera) that the photo has been taken with. A committee will assess your photos for quality and suitability.

    The preferred method of contact is for you to use our "Contact Us" page to send an email or to submit stories, photos, etc: contact us. You can also email us at KennebecLakeInfo@kennebeclake.ca

    Go take a Hike on Kennebec Wilderness Trails

    The Kennebec Wilderness Trails are now officially open. Information and a map of the trails can be found on the KLA website under the "Recreation" tab, along with info on how to upload a copy of the map to your cellphone. We would like to have a lot of people using the trails in order to help get them established.

    More details about the trails can be found at: Official Opening Kennebec Wilderness Trails

    A Facebook Group has been created for "Kennebec Wilderness Trails" where people can share their photos and experiences on the trails.

    Drinking Water testing

    Some information about getting your drinking water tested has been added at the very top of our water page (http://kennebeclake.ca/water)

    NOTICE: Highway 7 Bridge Replacement & traffic disruption

    The 1932 vintage Salmon River bridge on Hwy #7 just west of the Arden/Henderson intersection is being replaced in the summer of 2018. Several months ago, the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) engaged the services of Looby Construction Limited to complete a detail design and construction for the replacement of the bridge.

    During the construction, Hwy #7 will be down to a single lane and east/west traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights. Because of the proximity to the bridge to Arden and Henderson Roads, temporary traffic lights will also be installed to control north and south bound traffic on these two roads.

    Call to combat Phragmites australis

    Phragmites australis is regarded as our most invasive plant in Canada.
    Call for action on Phragmites australis


    Kennebec Lake is now on Facebook: Kennebec Lake Facebook group

    Love Your Lake

    Kennebec Lake will be particpating in a Love Your Lakes program in the summer of 2018. Please see http://kennebeclake.ca/lyl.

    Septic Systems

    We have added a new area for Septic Information on the Kennebec Lake website. Please go to http://kennebeclake.ca/septic

    Water Levels

    The Kennebec lake water level data is updated up until July 31, 2017 and is available online:
    Kennebec Lake Relative Water Levels 2006 to July 31, 2017

    Kennebec Lake Water Levels: Highs and Lows 2006 to July 2017

    The following calendar provides information for events in Arden:
    Arden Community Calendar

    Front Page photo: Kennebec Wilderness Trails, "Orange Trail". Photo Sept 9, 2018 by Noreen Dertinger