ALWAYS check Alerts and other information on the official website, as conditions and facility availability are subject to change.
Day Use Vehicle Permits: Because of this park’s popularity, it will need permits 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, which guarantees you 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.
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.
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Phone #: 705-435-2498
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: 4998 Concession #7 Tosorontio Township L9R 1W1
Opening seasons: January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023 / May 12, 2023 to October 10, 2023 ( camping dates)
Camping & Accommodation
Earl Rowe offers car camping in Westside and Riverside Campgrounds.
Westside Campground is open only during peak season (June to September) and has four camping areas: Fletcher’s Field, Boyne Meadow, Trillium Woods and Meadowbrook. Campsites in these areas can accommodate various sizes of equipment from tents only to large RVs. Boat rentals, swimming, a park store and the Resource Centre are only a short distance away.
Fletcher’s Field has electrical hookups and comfort stations with showers, water taps, and laundry facilities located nearby.
Riverside Campground is open for the entire operating season (May to October) and has four camping areas: Heydon Way, Salmon Run, Rabbit Loop and Blue Heron. Amenities such as comfort stations with showers, water taps, and laundry facilities are near by. Campsites in Heydon Way have electrical hookups and can accommodate a variety of types and size of equipment.
Salmon Run and Rabbit Loop are non-electrical campsites designed for tents only. Amenities such as water taps and vault privies are close by. Access to comfort stations with showers and laundry facilities are available in nearby Heydon Way.
Earl Rowe has three group, non-electrical campsites available to accommodate groups ranging in size from 25 to 100 people. Amenities such as a comfort station (without showers), water taps and vault privies are close by. Access to comfort stations with showers and laundry facilities are available in Heydon Way or Westside Campground.
Reservations can be made online or by phone.
Blue Heron is the only radio free camping available at Earl Rowe. Campsites are non-electrical and designed for tents only. Amenities such as water taps and vault privies are close by. Access to comfort stations with showers and laundry facilities are available in nearby Heydon Way.
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
Fletcher’s Mill Pond Trail – 1.5 km (linear) – 30 minutes to complete
This trail is paved for accessibility and is an easy walk around Earl Rowe Lake. Cyclists are reminded to yield to pedestrians and wheelchairs.
Rainbow Run – 11 km – approximately 3 – 4 hours to complete
This trail is a loop that encompasses the entire trail system around Earl Rowe. This shared-use trail allows for walking or biking to the pool, park store, Resource Centre or your favourite fishing spot. A portion of this trail includes a moderate incline to a lookout platform. Biking is not recommended on this portion of the trail.
Little Trail – 0.5 km (linear) – less than 1 hour
Designed for a quick, easy walk through the woods from Westbeach to the main road, the Little Trail will bring you out by our fish ladder and dam.
Lookout Trail – 4 km (loop) – 2 hours
Take this trail for a hike up to a beautiful lookout platform overlooking Earl Rowe and surrounding area. This trail includes a moderate climb and biking is not recommended.
Resource Trail – 1.5 km (loop) – 1 hour
Follow this easy trail and learn about the great natural resources at Earl Rowe.
Riverside Campground Trail (linear)
This trail connects campers to both sides of the park. We encourage all Riverside campers to “park” their cars and access the west side of Earl Rowe using this new trail. Hop on your bike and enjoy a quick ride to the beach, swimming pool, park store, Resource Centre or other hiking trails. This is a non-motorized vehicle trail.
Biking is allowed on all park roads and most trails. Biking is not recommended on the Lookout Trail.
Bring your own canoe or rent one from the Rental Booth located in East Beach. Rentals are available during peak season (check Park Store for hours) and include the use of lifejackets and paddles. Paddleboats are also available for rent.
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