Spanish River Provincial Park

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Facebook and Website Links

Spanish River Official website
Spanish River Official Facebook: last time we checked, the last activity on this page was in 2020

Information

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 3 to October 15, 2024.

The main park gate is now closed for the season (2023). 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 know that there will be no open facilities and limited staffing.

Park Winter access: In 2020, we asked Ontario Parks about park access outside of the season when most parks are officially closed. The access situation, availability of parking, and other factors can be different for each par. Where we have specific knowledge or information, we will add it to the park’s information. If you are traveling a long way best to double-check with the park office. Contact information is listed above. Their reply was, “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

Hiking

Trails:

Biking

Trails: No

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.

Canoeing

The Spanish River offers several paddling options:
East Branch:
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)

West Branch:
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

Local Facilities

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