White Lake Provincial Park

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Information

Phone #: 807 822-2447
Main entrance co-ordinates: 48.713534,  -85.649972
Address: P.O. Box 280, 1004 Hwy 17, Terrace Bay, P0T 2W0
Opening seasons: May 20, 2022, to September 25, 2022

Travel, Directions & Distances

Directions: Sault Ste. Marie to White Lake Provincial Park via Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-17 N

Toronto (Pearson Airport): 11hrs 15min (1,024km)
Ottawa (International Airport): 13hrs (1,139km – yes Ontario is big)
Public transit:
Uber/taxi:

Activities

Camping & Accomodation

Car Camping

White Lake offers car camping in three campgrounds: Woodlily, Moccasin Flower, and Sundew Campgrounds.

There are a total of 187 campsites, and approximately 1/3 have electrical service. The electrical pedestals offer 15 & 30 amp service. Most campsites are sheltered under the pines and some skirt the shore of White Lake. Each site has a picnic table, fire grate, and is close to drinking water taps, toilets, and garbage bins. A comfort station with flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities is centrally located in Moccasin Flower campground. Many sites can accommodate large recreational vehicles.

White Lake also offers a seasonal campsite leasing program during the operating season. A number of campsites are selected for this program and campsites are allotted through a draw system.

There are two trailer sanitation stations – one in the campground and one located near the gatehouse.

White Lake also has a trailer storage area. There are weekly, monthly and seasonal rates available.

Group Camping

Two group sites are available and can accommodate 50-60 people. Though isolated, the sites have vault toilets and water taps on-site and are a five-minute drive to the comfort station. The sites have their own beach adjacent to the amphitheater, Deer Lake nature trail, and Deer Lake. Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Deer Lake Trail
Length: 1.5km (small loop), 2.5km (full loop)
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1 – 1.5 hours
Take this self-guided trail to birdwatch, enjoy the sunset and see nature’s greatest engineer, the beaver, at work. The Deer Lake Trail provides ample opportunities for viewing birds and wetland wildlife as it winds through the boreal forest skirting the shores of Deer Lake and a beaver marsh. Located near the Deer Lake trailhead is a viewing platform which is a great place to view a sunset, cast a line or just watch nature at its best.

Tiny Bog Trail
Length: 4.5km
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 2 – 2.5 hours
The trail loops around two large beaver ponds and then climbs a sandy ridge of Jack Pines before arriving at the bog. A boardwalk crosses the bog where insect-eating plants such as Sundew and Pitcher Plant grow in a carpet of floating Sphagnum Moss. You’ll find a viewing platform at the bog and benches along the trail.

Clearwater Lake Trail
Length: 2km return
Difficulty: Easy
Time:  30min-1hour
This trail leads through a pine forest to the spring-fed Clearwater Lake. Go for a swim, sit back and relax or explore this quiet lake by canoe.

Fitness Trail
Length: 500m
Difficulty: Easy with self-directed fitness stations
Time:  30 minutes
Eight exercise stations make this campground trail ideal for a quick workout. It is also a great place to go for an evening stroll after dinner.

Biking

Trails:
Visitors can cycle on all the park roads. There are no designated bicycle trails but there are opportunities adjacent to the park. White Lake rents adult mountain bikes, (helmets are not provided). Note. Cycling is not allowed on any of the trails within the park.

Paddling

The lakes in this park are the perfect spot for water lovers. White Lake, with its bays and marshes, is often overlooked by tourists but it’s just as beautiful! You can explore around on your own or rent a canoe to take yourself out there if you’re feeling adventurous (or both). For those who want more serenity than city life has to offer – head over Deer lake where only tranquility awaits; Clearwater offers scenic views while also providing protection against winter storms due south

Attention: The White River canoe route will be closed for paddling from the current White River dam located approximately 8 kms. downstream of White Lake Provincial Park to the junction of the Oskabukuta River. The temporary closure of this section of the river is due to the construction of two hydro–electric projects beginning early March 2014 and with the completion date set for July / Aug 2016.

For more information please contact:  White Lake Provincial Park – 807 822 2447

Pukaskwa National Park – www.pc.gc.ca/pukaskwa, 807 229 0801, or e-mail at: ont-pukaskwa@pc.gc.ca


Boating

White Lake is a very large lake and motorboats are an ideal way to explore it. The lake is nearly 20 km (7- 10 miles) long. The many bays at the north end of the lake are an ideal location to fish, especially if you have a large boat. The south end is narrower and suitable for smaller boats, water skiing, and canoeing. Powerboats are not allowed on Deer Lake or Clearwater Lake.

Canoeing

Park visitors can paddle and explore the bays and marshes of White Lake or enjoy a leisurely paddle on Deer Lake or Clearwater Lakes located within the park boundary. There are some short overnight canoe trips in the local area. Canoes are available for rent at the park.

Maps & Resources

Park overview, campground, and trail maps 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

Local Facilities

The Rideau Canal is due to open to navigation on May 20, 2022. Seasonal permits, including canoes and kayaks, are now available with significant discounts if purchased before March 31, 2022.
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