Centrally located in the District of Temiskaming, at the junction of Hwy. 560 and 65 West, 43 km southeast of the Trans Canada Hwy. 11. North Bay is approximately 226 km south of the Township of James by way of Hwy. 65 and Hwy. 11.
The town is also situated at the point where the Makobe River flows into the Montreal River, offering beautiful scenery at all times of the year. The total population in the spring of 2001 was 483 people.
The Town of Elk Lake has a multi-faceted history. Elk Lake began as a mining boom town when native silver was discovered in James Township in 1906. Mining activity peaked between 1907 and 1913, when there were about thirty active mining properties in the area. Today, Elk Lakes economy is driven by a sustainable forest industry.
Elk Lake boasts a significant number of tourist camps and lodges offering excellent packages for the outdoor sports and nature enthusiast. Cross-country Skiing, indoor and outdoor ics-skating are popular winter activities.