Burnt River flows south from its source at Miskwabi Lake in Highlands East, Haliburton County South into the Kawartha Lakes region. It empties into Cameron Lake, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway. The town of Burnt River is located near its southern end, Kinmount is another settlement along the river.
There are three major species of fish in the river including walleye, muskie and smallmouth bass. Including regular fishing, fly fishing is also possible in parts of the river. The Victoria Railway is an old railway track which ran along the river, the old railway bed is currently a recreational trail.
The middle part of Burnt River is approximately 2 hours by car from Toronto and an half hour from Lindsay.