We have three (3) key reference points on Brandy Lake
The 118 Bridge story:
The main drain for Brandy Lake (some newbies call it Brandy Creek, it’s not) …but its just an outlet or drain into Muskoka. This is the second highway 118 bridge in several decades. The original bridge was to the west of it. The difference is …the new bridge ” bottom cut” is higher. It was fun to run the spring rapids in small inflatable boats…. decades ago..down the outlet rock cut into Muskoka
Mid Brandy Lake Rock
As you see today…mid August….it is above the water as the lake is near its natural level. If you look and read my pdf copy from the 70’s below….. that rock location is beside the same water sampling station used today (Note …the PDF may not post so I included the picture) The interesting thing….with the original bridge, the water had a level well below the tree line at that time.. (remember the original bridge had a lower cut). As a result, a 15 foot ish flat rock island or ..social drinking platform…(in the day lol) and the middle rock..what we see today looked like a post.
Brandy Lake, I’m told by scientist …we are a head water lake.. we have a 40x’s water shed. The main inlet is Brandy Creek and wanders in from Bracebridge. About 14 years ago the scientist that did a three year study (more on that later) paddled from Bracebridge area to Brandy Lake..(in sectors) on that creek. The creek is about 1.5m deep ish coming in under Falkenberg Road. Unfortunately, over the last 1.3 ish decades…..Beavers built about 9 dams destroying the beautiful fish filled natural creek between Brandy and Falkenberg Rd. They are not producing wet lands..but turned the creek into a dry trench. We could row up there and fish and enjoy nature. The fish died over time near the road pond. So..if you google “Brandy Lake Maps” the original photos are still on the site and clearly show a healthy creek. Today..if you look from shore you only see tall grass
Closing...I have not seen the Alga we experienced 3 to 5 years ago…shore line tress are dry and happy and water looks and feels so nice.. in my humble opinion.