ALWAYS check Alerts and other information on the official website, as conditions and facility availability are subject to change.
Facebook and Website Links
Spanish River Official website
Spanish River Official Facebook: last time we checked the last activity on this page was 2020
Phone #: 705-865-2021
Main entrance co-ordinates: 46.411881, -81.844265
Address: c/o Chutes Provincial Park P.O. Box 37, 660 Imperial Street North, Massey, P0P 1P0
Opening seasons: May 5, 2023 to October 10, 2023.
The main park gate is now closed for the season (2022). However, leaving your vehicle outside the park and accessing trails on foot may be possible. Confirming this with the park office would be worthwhile if you travel a long distance. You should be aware that there will be no open facilities and limited staffing.
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: Spanish River Provincial ParkSudbury, Unorganized, North Part, ON P0M 1J0
Camping & Accommodation
this provincial park is a backcountry one so please click here for more information so you can stay safe and have a great time camping
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
A wide range of opportunities is probably best for experienced paddlers and voyageurs. Most trips are between 2 and 10 days. Access is by VIA rail train! Yes, a somewhat unusual way to start.
The Spanish River offers several paddling options:
Duke Lake to Agnew Lake – 145 km (8-10 days)
The Forks to The Elbow – 58 km (3 days)
The Elbow to Agnew Lake – 50 km (2-3 days)
*Sheahan to The Elbow – 40 km (2 days)
Biscotasi Lake to Agnew Lake – 164 km (8-10 days)
*Sinker Creek to Agnew Lake – 120 km (6-8 days)
Biscotasi Lake to The Elbow – 114 km (5-7 days)
Biscotasi Lake to Sheahan – 74 km (4 days)
Paddlers will be amazed at the vast country that was once home to Grey Owl, a famous conservationist. Two other large lakes are only a short portage away from Biscotasi Lake; Ramsey and Indian have hundreds of kilometres shoreline with bays and islands dotting each one for those who want an outdoor adventure on their own terms! Flatwater kayakers can explore these waters along route du Grand Bleu which offers some spectacular scenery in between periods when wind conditions don’t allow normal navigation
Maps & Resources
You can find an adventure park map in the Ontario Provincial Park’s Store with information about canoe routes.
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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