lack Donald Lake is about one hour's drive west of Ottawa. It can be approached from Ottawa traveling west via Hwy 17, Hwy 508 and secondary Black Donald Road or traveling south via Hwy 7, Hwy 511 and secondary Black Donald Road. Black Donald Lake is a big part of North-east Arm of Centennial Lake. Centennial Lake was created in 1967 as a reservoir for the production of hydro electric power. Black Donald Lake is a part of the Madewaska River reservoir system providing hydro electric power for the Ontario Hydro Corporation. Mountain Chute Dam is located at the south end of the lake, between Black Donald and Norcan Lakes. Black Donald Lake is relatively fertile with a surface area of about 4,000 acres and a maximum depth of about 150 ft. Numerous islands in the lake can cause trouble with motors but they also provide a complex and beautiful scene. A public boat launching ramp is available near Mountain Chute Dam and several resorts allow launching of boats. The lake is large so that a good west or northwest wind can be extremely dangerous.
Fishing Black Donald Lake
Game Fish species in Black Donald Lake include: walleye (pickerel, doré), smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, channel catfish, lake whitefish, yellow perch, brown bullhead, burbot and rock bass. (Species list from 1972 survey of MNR). The abundance of fish, the species of fish and habitats of fish were very similar to our experience on the Madewaska River. Black Donald Lake was more consistent for walleyes than the other waters.

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