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  • Sharp W574 to Portage View PS – 15 minutes
  • Switzer 675 to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic SS – 15 minutes
  • Sharp 209 to Orillia Secondary School – 15 minutes


  • none at this time; check back for updates


  • none at this time; check back for updates.


A Flood Warning is currently in effect for the Moon River/Bala Reach, the North Branch of the Muskoka River sub-watershed and the South Branch of the Muskoka River.

Flows out of Lake Muskoka into the Bala Reach have surpassed the flood warning levels of 280cms and flows will continue to increase as the Lake Muskoka water level rises.

Flows in the North and South Branches of the Muskoka River have surpassed the lower flooding thresholds and are expected to continue to rise with the forecasted precipitation over the next couple days.

All rivers in the District are currently experiencing high flows resulting from thunderstorms and rainfall received last week and over the weekend. The upper watershed is experiencing significant snow melt which is contributing to high levels of water throughout the watershed.

It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as river levels remain high. High water levels in the Huntsville Lakes (Lake Vernon, Fairy Lake and Peninsula Lake) and Mary Lake, typical during the spring, are expected to build and remain high as runoff from rain and continuing snow melt makes its way through the watercourse.

Residents within the Parry Sound-Muskoka area should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution around water bodies as flows and levels within lakes, rivers and streams remain high. Residents who have a historic susceptibility to flooding should consider taking action to secure or protect any property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas. This may include ensuring sump pumps are functioning and/or securing items along the shore line as water levels rise.

Banks and shorelines adjacent to water bodies are extremely slippery and unstable. Residents and visitors should exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.

Ministry of Natural Resources also advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities as many are seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts and may be impassible due to current water levels.

MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Sandbags Available

Pre-filled sand bags for available free of charge at Fowler Construction located at 1206 Rosewarne Drive for use at affected Bracebridge properties.

Township of Muskoka Lakes has made available sand and bags for you to fill yourself at the Glen Orchard Public Works Yard, 3951 Muskoka Road 169.


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