Blue Lake Provincial Park

ALWAYS check Alerts and other information on the official website, as conditions and facility availability are subject to change.

New Camping Rules for 2023 (14-night max) – new for 2023 are revised rules about the maximum number of nights you can camp. In this park, if you are camping between July 1 and the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend, you’ll be restricted to no more than 14-nights at this park. Outside of those dates, it’s still the old 23-night maximum. Ontario Parks promises this will be clear when booking.
Rules for backcountry camping and the roofed accommodation haven’t changed.

Day Use Vehicle Permits: Because of this park’s popularity, permits will need to be purchased in advance to guarantee park access. This process was started in 2021 and will be kept for 2023.
If you’re smart, grab the permit before any visit, even mid-week. We found this out the hard way at our local Provincial Park.
You can buy the vehicle permit up to 5 days in advance, guaranteeing access to the park on that day. If you have an annual or season pass, you should still book your permit online, but there’s no extra charge.

Blue Lake Official website
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Information

Phone #: Summer – (807) 227-2601 / Winter – (807) 223-7535
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: Box 730, 479 Government Street, Dryden, ON, P8N 2Z4
Opening seasons: May 17, 2024 to September 30, 2024

Telephone & Internet

With the increase in people being digital nomads or wanting to work from home, being able to connect while enjoying nature is important for many people. If you have information about services, please let us know through our Contact Us page.

Nearby Parks & Conservation Areas

If the park is very busy, especially one that requires a reserved day pass, you might want to consider a nearby park or conservation area.

Pine Tree Park

Mantario Trail – South Trailhead

Aaron provincial park

Activities

Camping & Accommodation

Car Camping

The Blue Lake campgrounds offer a range of car camping opportunities from private tent pads to pull through sites with parking areas. Half the campsites have electrical hook-ups and amenities such as water taps, comfort stations & laundry facilities are close by! Boating is only steps away along with some great activities like swimming or hiking in this lush forest landscape that you’ll love visiting again tomorrow morning when it will be even more beautiful than before – guaranteed because there’s always something new happening around here every day

Group Camping

The inviting blue waters of Blue Lake attract visitors from all over to spend their leisure time there. The two group campsites offer different sizes and can accommodate 40 people or more at a time, with water taps nearby for your convenience as well! A beach borders this area, making it a perfect spot if you want some peace without too many noise distractions – just bring along essentials like camping equipment because nothing else will be needed other than what’s already present on-site (toilets, etc). Sites vary in size so make sure that yours fits before booking; however, they do have electrical hookups available which means plenty of power outlets nearby when needed most!.

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by phoning 1-888-ONT-PARK. When reserving online select “Group” as your reservation type.

Roofed Accommodation

Blue Lake Provincial Park offers a range of roofed accommodations nestled amidst the tranquil wilderness of its surroundings. Visitors can choose from cozy cabins, rustic cottages, or charming lodges, all providing a comfortable retreat after a day of exploration. Each accommodation option is thoughtfully designed to blend harmoniously with the natural environment while offering modern amenities for convenience. Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or a family adventure, Blue Lake Provincial Park’s roofed accommodations provide the perfect base for experiencing the beauty and serenity of this pristine natural oasis.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Boulder Ridge Trail – 1 km, easy, 30 minutes
Walkthrough a forest created by fire, onto a ridge made by ice, and over sands carried by rivers now dry. The Boulder Ridge Trail mixes past and present into a fascinating half-hour stroll.

Goblin Lake Trail – 11 km, moderate, full day
For those with an adventurous streak, the Goblin Lake Trail follows the edge of Goblin Lake and explores the wilds of Northern Ontario the way our pioneers would have. Follow the directional signs carefully and always let someone know where you are hiking and when you expect to return. Bring a snack and plenty of water for this all-day hike.

Rock Point Trail – 4km, moderate
This 4 km trail takes you through a variety of environments from cedar groves to Jack Pine ridges. As you will be hiking through varying terrain, be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Your journey starts at the beaver pond and loops back to the campground near M road.

Spruce Fen Boardwalk Trail – 1 km, easy, barrier-free, 30 minutes
A fen is a fascinating world where land floats on water, plants eat animals, and creatures of the water fly. The Spruce Fen Trail takes you through a Black Spruce fen and a beaver pond environment. Interpretive signs help describe these environments along the trail. To protect the fen, the trail is a boardwalk and is also wheelchair accessible.

Biking

Bicycles are a great way to explore the campground. They are permitted on park roads but not on the trail system.

Paddling

Boating

Powerboats are allowed on all lakes within Blue Lake Provincial Park but please be aware of non-motorized canoes, kayaks and sailboats.

Canoeing

Take a canoe out onto Blue Lake and explore for the afternoon or try a longer canoe adventure starting from the park.

Route 12 Blue Lake– 97 km loop, partially in the park, moderate, 5-7 days
This route features varied scenery, wildlife, and sandy beaches. In the past, portages were used as trading routes to the Hudson Bay Post on Eagle Lake. There is also an abandoned Mica mine site on Cobble Lake.

Detailed maps and more canoe route information is available at the Blue Lake Park Office.

Maps & Resources

Ontario Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: Most provincial Parks have excellent signage, maps, and marked trails. If you take up back-country adventures, then it’s not always clear. The Ontario Crown Land Use maps are an excellent resource. You might also want to join one or more of these groups on Facebook.
Crown Land Camping Group
Crown Land Camping Ontario
Ontario Parks and Crown Land
Ontario Crown Land Campers
Sharing Ontario Crown Land Camping Spots

Blue Lake Provincial Park does have a park overview map click here to see it

Local Facilities

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