Bon Echo 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 (7-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 7-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.

Bon Echo Official website
Bon Echo Official Facebook
Friends of Bon Echo Park

Phone #: (613) 336-2228
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: 16151 Hwy. 41 Cloyne, Ontario K0H 1K0
Opening seasons: May 10, 2024 to October 20, 2024

Telephone & Internet

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.

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Silent Lake Provincial Park

Activities

Dog Friendly

This is a dog-friendly park with an off-leash and dog-friendly beach area. You can find more information about having dogs at Ontario Parks in our “Dog-Friendly Ontario Provincial Parks” post, which includes a list of parks with specific dog-use facilities.

Camping & Accomodation

Car Camping

Car camping at Bon Echo Lake Provincial Park offers a great blend of outdoor adventure and convenience. Nestled amidst the stunning natural beauty of Ontario, Canada, this park provides spacious campsites with all the essentials for a comfortable stay, including fire pits, picnic tables, and access to clean restroom facilities. With your vehicle nearby, you can easily transport gear and supplies, making it an ideal option for families or those seeking a hassle-free camping experience. Enjoy days filled with hiking the park’s scenic trails, swimming in the refreshing waters of Mazinaw Lake, or simply relaxing by the campfire under the starry night sky. Bon Echo Lake Provincial Park promises unforgettable moments and cherished memories for all who venture into its serene wilderness.

Radio-Free Camping

The Midway loop of the Mazinaw Lake Campground and Hardwood Hill Campground are radio-free.

Radio-free car camping at Bon Echo Lake Provincial Park offers a serene escape from the digital world amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of Ontario’s wilderness. Nestled along the tranquil shores of Bon Echo Lake, this unique camping experience encourages visitors to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with nature. With no radio signals to disrupt the peaceful ambiance, campers can immerse themselves in rustling leaves, chirping birds, and lapping waves. Whether unwinding by a crackling campfire under the starlit sky or exploring the park’s hiking trails and pristine waterways, radio-free car camping at Bon Echo Lake Provincial Park promises a rejuvenating retreat for those seeking solace in the great outdoors.

Walk-In Camping

Experience the rugged beauty of nature firsthand with walk-in camping at Bon Echo Lake Provincial Park. Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of Ontario, Canada, this park offers adventurers a chance to immerse themselves in the wilderness. With walk-in camping, visitors can leave the hustle and bustle behind as they embark on a journey to their secluded campsite on foot, carrying only essentials. Sawmill Bay Campground Loop has five walk-in campsites right on Mazinaw Lake. The Hardwood Hill Campground walk-in loop has nine campsites. Parking is approximately 100 to 300 meters from your campsite.

Roofed Accommodation

Bon Echo Lake Provincial Park offers a variety of roofed accommodations nestled amidst the scenic beauty of Ontario’s wilderness. From cozy cabins tucked away in the forest to rustic yurts with picturesque views of the lake, visitors can immerse themselves in nature while enjoying the comforts of home. These accommodations provide a perfect retreat for families, couples, and solo adventurers seeking a tranquil getaway. Whether relaxing by the fireplace after hiking or stargazing from the comfort of a private deck, Bon Echo Lake Provincial Park’s roofed accommodations offer a memorable and rejuvenating experience for all.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Trails: Great hiking trails from 1 km in length to 17 km in length

you can click here for more information on each trail

Biking

Bikes are only allowed on the main park roads. Despite this, it is a nice park to bike around especially when the main park gates are closed. Park carefully at the main entrance and you’ll pretty much have the whole park to yourself. Word of warning – best not to try this too early as they don’t snowplow most of the park roads (personally experience but it was still fun).

Paddling

Great routes around the lakes close by and also a nice inlet stream that goes for some distance. You can find more information on our other site Easy Ontario Paddling Adventures.

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

Local Facilities

Barrier Free

All comfort stations provide accessibility without barriers. Additionally, wheelchair ramps are available at the day-use area, Gift Shop, and Visitor Centre.

Boat Launches

Boat launches are near North Beach, the Lagoon, Joeperry Lake, and Bon Echo Creek.

Comfort Stations

Comfort facilities, complete with showers and flush toilets, are available at the Hardwood Hill, Midway, Fairway, and Sawmill Bay campgrounds, as well as at the Day Use and Camp Cabin areas.

Day Use

Main Beach and South Beach are favored spots for daytime activities. Each boasts sandy shorelines featuring designated swimming zones marked by buoys (though lifeguards are absent). Additionally, visitors can enjoy shaded retreats with picnic tables, hibachis, water taps, and conveniently located comfort stations.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are available throughout Midway, Fairway, and Sawmill Bay campgrounds and in the Lagoon and Day Use areas.

Laundromat

Washers and dryers can be accessed at comfort stations for a fee.

Park Store

The Greystones Gift Shoppe and Cafe is managed by the Friends of Bon Echo Park and is located within the venerable Greystones edifice. In the shop, patrons can peruse an array of clothing, souvenirs, and books. Groceries can be procured from neighboring communities outside the park’s confines. Additionally, ice is conveniently available for purchase at the park gatehouses.

Picnic Shelters

There is one picnic shelter in the park located at the Lagoon. The shelter is available for whoever wants to use it and can’t be reserved.

Rentals

From 2023, Ontario Parks will handle canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals at Bon Echo. You can make arrangements at the Bon Echo Paddle Centre Office, located in the Lagoon, near Main Beach. All rentals on Mazinaw Lake don’t have a reservation option and are first come, first serve.

Rental periods

Rentals for Mazinaw Lake are offered for durations of up to 4 hours, 8 hours, or 24 hours. Additionally, multi-day rentals in 24-hour increments are available.

For backcountry canoe campers on Joeperry Lake, rentals are provided in 24-hour increments specifically for campers registered to Joeperry Lake sites.

Campers at Joeperry Lake can rest assured that rental canoe availability is guaranteed; there’s no reservation requirement. However, it would be appreciated if campers would notify the park if they require more than one canoe per campsite. For further details, please get in touch with the park at 613-336-2228.

Safety is paramount. Please note that rentals for Mazinaw Lake can be suspended at any time due to bad weather conditions. This is for your safety at the staff’s discretion.

  • you can pay the Rental fee payment with your debit, credit, cash, or Ontario Parks gift card
  • Rentals include paddles, PFDs, and a marine safety kit

Visitor Centre

Discover the park visitor center nestled within Dollywood, housed in one of the authentic cottages dating back to the Bon Echo Inn era. Uncover insights into the Indigenous pictograph site, delve into the rich history of the Inn, and explore the diverse wildlife thriving within the park’s boundaries.

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