Elephant Lake


Elephant Lake is located approximately 20-30 minutes northwest of Bancroft in Harcourt, Ontario. This lake of approximately 2186 acres in size and is part of the 36 mile, 3 lake chain of Benoir and Baptiste Lakes. Elephant Lake consists of approximately 22 miles of shoreline and is 1,157 feet above sea level. The maximum depth is about 23 feet with a mean depth of 6 feet. It is a large, picturesque shallow lake with a lot of weed beds consisting of milfoil and cabbage. There are approximately 100 cottages on this lake.  There is very good fishing in Elephant Lake due to the shallow depth and large amount of weeds. Fish species include Muskellunge, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass and Walleye.  There are several resorts on Elephant Lake.

Elephant Lake
Elephant Lake


Comments (8)

  • Susan Erskine-Fournier Reply

    This place looks amazing! It reminds me of my summers spent at Papineau Lake!


    February 13, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    • Martin Smith Reply

      Thanks for you comment! 🙂
      It’s a beautiful lake.

      February 17, 2018 at 11:29 am
  • Eric R Reply

    I was there when I was a young lad…12ish, still have my 23.5″ 7.5lb smallmouth bass hanging on the wall for proof, and bragging rights! Loved going across the lake and jumping off the cliff into the water. Not sure at the age now of 47, I could muster up the nerve to do it again, but it’d be worth contemplating I suppose. Been thinking of revisiting my childhood, and bringing my family on vacation to this beautiful lake and surrounding area. From Pennsylvania, hope to visit again soon. Elephant Lake Lodge

    May 19, 2018 at 11:44 am
    • Eric R Reply

      are the cabins still available for rent?

      May 19, 2018 at 11:51 am
      • Steve Reply

        We sold it a few about 10 years ago unfortunately. It’s still there but it’s a kids camp now.

        October 27, 2022 at 9:44 pm
    • michael U Reply

      Hi Eric, do you remember what year the lodge closed by any chance? Doing a little research. Thanks, Mike

      July 15, 2022 at 11:09 pm
  • Douglas Jarvis Reply

    Where can we find the accommodation availability and costs for Elephant Lake Lodge? Wanting to visit for 2-3 days with my brother. We spent time there many years ago and feel nostalgic about returning. Thank you.

    September 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm
  • Keith Reply

    Had good success fishing in Elephant Lake in the summar of 2019 – Smallmouth Bass, Pike and something that cut right through the line on the first bite.

    October 23, 2019 at 11:18 pm

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