Murphys Point Provincial Park

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Phone #: 613-267-5060
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: 2243 Elmgrove Road, R.R. 5 Perth K7H 3C7
Opening seasons: December 10, 2021, to March 13, 2022

Camping & Accommodation

Murphys point provincial park has a few different options for camping from roofed to backcountry camping click here for more information so you can keep safe and have a lot of fun in the area

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Point Trail – 5.5 km loop, moderate 
Hike to the tip of the peninsula with stops at the sandy beach and good views of Big Rideau Lake along the way.

Sylvan Trail – 2.5 km loop, moderate
This trail showcases the geology and ecology of the Frontenac Arch, the southernmost extension of the Canadian Shield. A self-guided trail booklet is available at the trailhead or Park Store for $1.

Lally Homestead Trail – 800 m loop, easy
Drive to the Lally Homestead (3 km from the campground) for this short loop through abandoned farm fields (now excellent for wildflower and bird viewing) and sugar maple forest to a lookout over Black Creek Marsh.

Silver Queen Mine Trail – 2 km partial loop, easy, Beaver Pond Trail – 1 km, easy
From the Lally Homestead, the Silver Queen Mine Trail leads to the restored, early 1900s partially open pit mica mine, heritage displays and the rebuilt miner’s bunkhouse. A self-guided trail booklet is available at the trailhead or Park Store for $1. Access into the mine and the bunkhouse is available during mine tours only. Refer to http://friendsofmurphyspoint.ca/events/ for event schedules. The Beaver Pond Trail provides an alternate route back to the Lally Homestead parking lot and skirts the edge of a flooded wetland.

McParlan House, Loon Lake Loop Trail, Trail to Lally Homestead, Rideau Trail – 1.8 km easy
From the Hogg Bay Campground, a 1.8 km linear trail leads to the restored McParlan House, site of an early 1800s sawmill, farm and later cottage. It is now a registered archaeological site and home to the Friends of Murphys Point Park’s award-winning Archaeo Apprentice program (http://friendsofmurphyspoint.ca/archaeology/). Bicycles are allowed on the McParlan House Trail.

Part of the McParlan House Trail is also part of the Loon Lake Loop, a 1 km trail with access to two different lakes. Further along, the McParlan House Trail becomes part of the Rideau Trail, a 300 km hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa (6 km inside the park), which also provides a link to the Lally Homestead (2.8 km, easy, from campground to homestead).

Biking

Bicycles are permitted on the McParlan House Trail and the gravel roadbed portion of the Silver Queen Mine Trail. Cycling is also encouraged on campground roads.

Paddling

Canoe Loop – 6 km, easy to moderate
This loop, from the main beach on Hogg Bay into Big Rideau Lake and around the point, into Loon Lake and back into Hogg Bay, includes two short portages (150 m). Optional stopping spots with picnic tables include the Park Store patio, McParlan House or hike-in beach. Take note of high winds when planning the direction of your loop as Big Rideau Lake can be treacherous.

More paddling
Big Rideau Lake is part of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many interesting sites within paddling distance of the park. These include Colonel By Island (5.5 km one way), the town of Portland (9.5 km), Rideau Ferry (10 km), Narrows lock station (11.2 km), and Beveridge’s lock station (13 km).

At the Narrows lock station, manually-operated locks lift you 0.8 m into Upper Rideau Lake. Two locks at Beveridges lift you 6.9 m into the Tay River and a further 10 km paddle into the town of Perth.

Visit http://www.rideau-info.com/canal/paddling/index.html#guides and click on paddling guides 8 and 9 for suggested paddling routes and points of interest on Big Rideau Lake.

Maps & Resources

Ontario parks has an overview map and also a winters trail map for Murphys point provincial park click here for more information

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

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