Not only is the Great Lake the centrepiece of the landscape, it is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to breeding birds, fish and small mammals, all of which can be seen from the many walking routes.

The lake is dammed at it's southern end near the Cascades. At the Grand Bridge, in one of Brown’s most significant alterations, the lower sections of the bridge were flooded when the water flowed into the hollow that took ten years to prepare.

Today the lake remains in its original form but it's management presents several challenges with the smaller Queen Pool silting up with sediment from the River Glyme. We are promoting discussions between local stakeholders, landowners and water authorities about a catchment-wide solution for the future of the lake.