Once you leave the northern end of the Deep Cut you enter Lake Charles. It is rather surprising to learn that this Lake which is approximately 28M above sea level is the summit level of the waterway or the highest elevation of the seven lakes and the Shubenacadie River which comprise the Shubenacadie Waterway. Thus water from Lake Charles flows south to the Harbour but also north to the Minas Basin.
Just to the north of the Cut you will see a pile of large rocks. This was another of the stone beacons constructed to mark the channel or cut between Charles and Micmac. Until the Deep Cut was opened up by the Canal workers the water from Lake Charles only flowed northward to the Bay of Fundy. This is just one of a number of major changes the Canal workers made to the waterway.
As you move up the Lake you will eventually see a stream entering the Lake from the eastern side. This flow is originating from Lake Loon and it was associated with the Canal. In order to add water to Lake Charles when the Lake was low it was decided to tap into Lake Loon which runs parallel to Montague Rd. A dam was constructed at the west end of the lake and a control mechanism was installed in order to regulate the flow. There are a number of entries in the Lock Keepers Log referring to the raising and lowering of the control gate.
Approaching the northern end of the Lake you will see another pile of stones and beyond it a stream flowing northward toward Lake William which cannot yet be seen. It is interesting to note that as we have progressed along the waterway from Sullivans Pond to the end of Lake Charles each body of water has been larger than the previous one.