Hawk Lake Log Chute

Log Chute

Logging makes up an important part of Ontario’s history. Throughout the 1800s, thousands of men carried logs over turbulent river waters to be delivered to the sawmill via log chutes, just like the Hawk Lake Log Chute in Haliburton Highlands.

View this last remaining chute in Ontario, which was built in 1861 and has now been restored and declared a historic site. Bring your camera because you won’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph the natural beauty of the Log Chute and the surrounding views.

While you’re at the Log Chute, stop by the adjacent Stanhope Museum to learn more about the history of the region. Download the brochure.


  • Relax with a picnic lunch beside the roaring waters.
  • Follow the Log Chute Trail through lovely, sun-dappled woods.
  • Stand face-to-face with 2 million-year-old rock.
  • Discover the abundant local flora and fauna that live in this rocky terrain.
  • Bring your fishing gear, and keep your fingers crossed for a nice, fat bass!

From the intersection of Hwys 118 and 35 in the hamlet of Carnarvon, go north on Hwy 35 about 5 km to North Shore Rd. and 1 km along North Shore Rd. The museum is on your left.

Carnarvon is
24 km west of the village of Haliburton along Hwy 118;
20 km north of Minden along Hwy 35; and
25 km south of Dorset along Hwy 35

GPS coordinates
45.074621, -78.715374

1584 Big Hawk Lake Rd.
Carnarvon, Ontario

Hawk Lake Log Chute

The site is open in Spring, Summer, and Fall. It is closed during the Winter.

Admission is free of charge. Leashed pets are welcome.

This historic site is located in Haliburton Highlands

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