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.
A favorite family camping destination offering excellent swimming, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing
Rocky lake and forest landscape that is an extension of the Canadian Shield
Great hiking trails including a vantage point from the highest peak in the county
Nature Centre and Natural Heritage Education program
Facebook and Website Links
Charleston Lake Official website
Charleston Lake Official Facebook
Charleston Lake Magazine: a private group that you can ask to join.
Friends of Charleston Lake: membership is available
Phone #: (613) 659-2065
Main entrance co-ordinates: 44.50176, -76.04133
Address: 148 Woodvale Rd. Lansdowne, K0E 1L0
Opening seasons: The park is now closed for 2022. Opening dates for next year are May 12, 2023, to October 10, 2023
Park Winter access: in 2020, we asked Ontario Parks about park access out of season when most parks are officially closed. Their reply – “Parks that are closed for the season, and non-operational parks, are gated and access is available by foot. Visitors are permitted to park outside the gates and walk in for day use activities, such as hiking, fishing and picnicking. Please note that all buildings and facilities will be closed, and there is no consistent staff presence to oversee actions in the park.”
Travel, Directions & Distances
Directions: From the 401 head northwest on Reynolds Rd/County Rd 3 toward Route 2/County Rd 2forabout 16km.Shouldn’t be more than 15 minutes.
Toronto (Pearson Airport): 325 km around 3 hrs 15 min
Ottawa (International Airport): 144 km 1 hr 45 min
Public transit: None. Closest VIA rail is Kingston
Camping & Accomodation
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
Trails: choice of 7 trails ranging in distance from under 2 km to about 10 km. Trails run from easy to difficult.
Trails: Easy biking on park roads but no off-road routes.
Routes: Plenty of choices, most is free of motorized boats. Portage routes for the more adventurous.
Maps & Resources
Park and trail maps (PDF) can be downloaded from the official web page – maps