Otter Lake lies about 20 kilometers west of the Town of Smitth's Falls. The lake is located in the Township of Rideau Lakes that came into being on January 1, 1998 as an amalgamation of the former Townships of North Crosby, South Crosby, Bastard and South Burgess, South Elmsley and the Village of Newboro. The Township lies in the NorthWest corner of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and is geographically the largest municipality in the County. A part of the southern shore of the lake parallels highway 15, the main highway between Ottawa and Kingston. The map below (from the Township of Rideau Lakes) shows the location of Otter Lakes in respect to other lakes, towns and villages in the surrounding area.

     Otter Lake is accessed from highway 15, Otter Lake Road and Britton Houghton Bay Road. The map on the right, extracted from the Heritage Map of the Township of Rideau Lakes,  shows all the access roads to Otter Lake along with their Township numbers. It demonstrates some of the confusion that exists as aresult of duplicate numbering. This duplication resulted that reulted from the fact that Otter Lake bisects the wards of South Elmsley and Bastard South Burgess. When these Wards were amalgamated into the new Township of Rideau Lakes. several road numbers ended up being duplicated. For example, roads numbered O1, O2, O3 and O4 are duplicated. O1, O2, O3 and O4 are accessed from Otter Lake Road, but there are also 2 short roads also numbered O1 and O2 that are accessed from Highway 15. There is another road O3 accessed from Briton Houghton Bay Road and a road O4 that is accessed from Sugar Bush Hill Road. Also be aware that Sugar Bush Hill Road becomes road O8.
      The Township is aware of this problem and is working on a solution to the problem that will probably entail the renaming of all Otter Lake access roads. However implementation of this plan may not occur for quite some time. All property owners who want to be assured of a correct response in the event of an emergency should be sure that they have a civic address that is registered with the Township.
      The map below, also from the Township of Rideau Lakes shows all the Otter Lake access roads and land parcel boundaries. The map was extracted from the Township's new Official Plan. Also shown are all the wetland areas that are now designated as Natural Heritage A or B which implies that any proposed development of these areas has to fulfill specific requirements. Of interest is the fact that there is also an Otter Lake Conservation Area on the southwest shore of the lake which is under the auspices of RVCA.

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