Barry's Bay Cottages offers year-round fun!
There is plenty to see and do in and around Barry's Bay Cottage Resort. With our lakefront cottages each having their own dock, spending time on the water is easy. The shallow, sand bottom lake makes it a delight to swim or simply wade around. We also have a common dock and beach area for the non-waterfront units to use during the summer months.
Please note that during COVID-19 not everything is available.
If you are looking for a little more activity, we do offer canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to explore the lake from. Stretching over 3 km (2 miles) in length and home to several nice bays, you never know what will turn up around the next bay. Better yet, you can even easily link up with a series of three other lakes. After passing through the culvert onto Trout Lake, short portages are needed to continue south into Buch and Kulas Lakes. For the adventurous, this is a good day trip, while the area is riddled with fabulous canoe routes.
We are able to operate our main dock which means all guests can access all water sports during their stay! During the summer months (summer season is June 26-September 6) water sport activities are included in the stay. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lifejackets.
Additional water sport activities are available through Algonquin Bound or Mad Outdoors in town. You are always welcome to bring your own non-motorized water sport activity.
Our private beach allows our guests to enjoy beautiful sand and crystal clear, shallow waters. All guests are invited to use our private beach. Barry's Bay Cottages Resort private beach has benches up top for sitting and enjoying the view. You are welcome to lie on the beach. The lake is warm, shallow, and incredibly clean. With no public boat launch, Carson Lake remain quiet and peaceful throughout the entire summer. Please note there are a couple steps down to access the beach. Don't forget to bring your beach towel!
To rent a boat, please review our resort policies and see our rental options. Please note that we do not have a public boat launch so we request you do not bring a boat.
Fishing is another popular past-time on Carson Lake. In addition to small mouth bass, the lake is a renowned lake trout destination and also holds some whitefish.
The season runs from January 1st until the end of September and there are slot size restrictions (all lake trout between 40 and 55 cm (15.5-21.5 inches must be released). The bass season opens the 4th Saturday in June and runs through to the end of November. They can be quite active throughout the summer and are typically caught across from the resort along the drop-off areas, although they can even be caught off of our docks from time to time.
Early September is another prime time to try for the hard fighting lake trout.
Our children's playground offers a jungle gym and basketball court for year-round enjoyment. Please supervise your children at all times.
If wildlife viewing is your thing then the Madawaska Valley is a great destination. There are over 60 species of birds including great blue herons, kingfishers and the common loon that call the area home. Pileated woodpeckers, warblers, sparrows, indigo buntings and chickadees are other birds that can be seen nesting in the trees. Of the 14 species of mammals in the area, the moose and white-tailed deer are the most popular sites. Seeing these large creatures roam effortlessly through the woods is a sight to remember. Other common critters in the area include beaver, porcupines and the friendly chipmunks.
Onsite, we have a nature trail that is perfect for walking (and walking your dog guests!) to get some peace and reconnect with nature. We recommend an early morning walk through the quiet trees. Whether you're walking on foot, renting snowshoes, or renting cross-country skis there are many ways to enjoy the trails.
For a cozy summer night under the stars or to brighten up a chilly day, each cottage is equipped with its own firepit. Add extra wood to your cottage stay at checkout.
With no light pollution, we have beautiful views of the night sky. See stars and constellations from your deck or bring your own telescope to get a great view.
Whether you're here to relax and escape the city or try a new outdoor activity, we offer many amenities and rentals. The town of Barry's Bay also has lots to explore, as well.