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, 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.
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Phone #: 705-363-3511 (summer) 705-272-9117 (winter)
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: 1350 Municipal Road Connaught, ON P0N 1H0
Opening seasons: May 19, 2023 to October 10, 2023
Camping & Accommodation
Kettle Lakes offers car camping in two campgrounds: The Pines and Island Lake. Both campgrounds can accommodate equipment ranging from tents to large trailers. Many campsites offer electrical hook-ups. Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations with hot water, showers and laundry facilities are close by. Swimming is available at Island Lake, adjacent to the campground. Swimming is also available at Slab Lake a few minutes from The Pines Campground.
A large group camping site is available very close to Slab Lake. This secluded area is great for family reunions or spending time with a group of friends. Reservations can be made online or by phone.
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
Kettle Lakes Provincial Park has four different hiking trails:
Kettle Trail, 2 km, one hour, moderate
This trail leads you along an esker (an ancient glacial riverbed) and passes bogs that occupy some of the kettle depressions.
Tamarack Trail, 2 km, one hour, easy
Follow this picturesque trail around Tamarack Lake.
Wintergreen Trail, 1.5 km, one hour, moderate
Hikers are rewarded with beautiful views of Island Lake.
Oh-Say-Ya-Wah-Kaw Trail, 3 km, one hour moderate
Kettle Lakes has 14 kilometers of biking trails ranging from easy to moderate levels of difficulty. The trails wind through the forest and lead you to Slab Lake, where you can have a swim before continuing your journey. Bicycles are available for rent at the front gate.
Canoe rentals are available, including paddles and life jackets. We’ve moved this content to our partner website
Maps & Resources
Ontario parks have an overview map, campground map, and also trail map; click here for more information.