In 1852, a squatter named Isaac Hunter settled on the shores of Boshkung Lake. As European settlers were traveling Northern Ontario in search of settlement opportunities, the resources of Boshkung Lake attracted many of the pioneers to the area. The area was rich with game, fish and bird, as well as many varieties of wild berries. In addition to the plentiful supply of food, Boshkung Lake's waterways proved ideal for the development of the major industry of the area, logging. Mills were constructed and powered by the currents of the Trent Waterway and Buttermilk Falls. With the depression of 1929, the process of logging by water came to an end; however, these locations remain tourist attractions to this day.
The opportunities surrounding Boshkung Lake attracted both the industrious and the appreciative. Many settlers purchased land with the intention of maintaining the purity of the environment. Families stayed for many generations, often never straying from their original plot of land and occasionally expanding their ownership and consequent responsibility to the area. This tendency lead to the common tradition around Boshkung Lake of naming landmarks for the families associated with them. Countless stories of the places and the people who made memories there are waiting to be discovered behind every old boathouse and discarded mill wheel.
While the industry within Boshkung Lake has moved from farming and logging to tourism, the Boshkung community of today cherishes its rich history and upholds the values that originally drew it together.