Canal and Mitchell lakes were created as a result of water level manipulation to build the Kirkfield lift lock. The waters from these lakes flow through the Talbot River, discharging into Lake Simcoe. There are a large number of recreational opportunities within the lakes, including boating, kayaking, fishing, camping, swimming, snowmobiling and hiking, which contribute to a high quality of life.
The lakes are also popular for boaters, particularly due to their location on the Trent Severn Waterway, which offers access to a number of different lakes. The presence of areas of dense aquatic plant growth in all of these lakes provides habitat for fish, but can become an impediment to boat travel as plant growth progresses later into the summer months. The use of non-motorized watercraft is also very popular.
On Trent Severn Waterway — Kirkfield lift lock is situated between the two lakes
Popular fishing destinations for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, and walleye, as well as smaller species such as pumpkinseed, yellow perch, and white sucker
Kirkfield liftlock is a popular summer tourist destination
Nearby town: Orillia (Casino Rama)