Anderson Lake, a pristine lake, is located at the top of the watershed, with a height of over 250 metres above sea level. The northern shore is the second highest ridge next to Mount Ararat of the LaCloche Region. The lake was formed by a glacier 10,000 years ago, which dropped large deposits of gravel to its northern shores, and deposits of greenstone. To the south is some of the same granite, dolomite quartz, found in the LaCloche Mountains, which are located 15 minutes south of the Centre. The lake is a saucer-shaped basin, 9-15m (30-50 ft) deep, with a small island and several wetland bays, which are havens for aquatic life. The waters are spring fed, mainly, and replenished by some surface run-off. The water is slightly alkaline, making it clean and potable and home for much aquatic life.
Fish range from the pan fish of perch and sunfish to the larger fish of bass and some pike, and bottom feeders such as catfish and suckers. There are also turtles, frogs, otters, and beavers. Along with these creatures, the shores welcome squirrels, raccoons, white-tailed deer; and rare sightings of black bears, wolves and moose have been known to occur. The land is laced with maples, birches, poplars, oaks, along with red and white pines. Birds are plentiful on the water and on the land. Most notable are the loons, mallards, mergansers, blue herons, sandhill cranes, pileated woodpeckers, sapsuckers, whip-o-wills, crows, blue jays and the list goes on.
There are four permanent residences around the lake, one of which is the Centre. The lake has no public access to it so the natural environment is rich and the waters pure. The morning sounds are pristine, too. The loon calls resound effortlessly through the tranquil mist that rises through the new morning light, as the dew rises to its higher place to fall once again to the sound of the evening whip-o-will.
We have a sandy beach for swimming, and docks to sit on or to set one’s kayak or canoe into the water from, or to land on after a day of fishing. A swimming raft to dive from is always waiting. Shoreline decks on which to sit, read and/or meditate overlook the lake.