Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Location: Red Lake, Ontario
Region: Northwestern
Character: Wilderness
Length/Size: 1,111,974 acres

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

This northern wilderness "where nature still rules" is so remote that canoe trippers and sport fishing enthusiasts can penetrate its interior and reach its backcountry campsites and outpost lodges only by water or by air. Home to one of the largest herds of woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay, this weathered Arctic watershed, once travelled by fur traders, promises ancient pictographs, howling wolves under starry skies, soaring eagles, solitude and adventure.

A number of services are available in the town of Red Lake, your jumping off point to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Canoe outfitters are available if you wish to rent camping gear and canoes. They may also provide trip planning advice, arrange a road shuttle to a park entry point or coordinate a flight in or out of the park with one of the local float plane services.

Atikaki Canoe Outfitters
Phone: 651-964-1210 (cell)
Email: marcwermager@shaw.ca
Website: www.geocities.com/atikaki.geo/index

Goldseekers Canoe Outfitting
Toll free: 1-800-591-9282
Phone: 807-727-2353
Email: paddlin@goldseekers.net
Website: www.goldseekers.net

Woodland Caribou Canoe Outfitters
Phone: 807-727-2262
Email: viking@vikingoutpost.com
Website: www.vikingoutpost.com

Red Lake Outfitters
Canoe & Wilderness Outfitting
Phone: 807-728-0803 (cell)
Email: solotrip@gmail.com
Website: www.redlakeoutfitters.com
Park Store

Yes, at the park office located in the government office building in Red Lake

Interior camping
Woodland Caribou offers 1,000 backcountry campsites for the wilderness adventurer.
Leave not a trace of your passage. Every bit of debris, every scar is an affront to the natural landscape. Camp at known campsites and use existing fire rings, or better yet, gas stoves. Structures such as lean-tos, tables, and benches are not allowed to be constructed at campsites or any where else in the park interior. Practice a pack-in/pack-out, no trace camping philosophy.
With approximately 1,000 paddlers using the park each year, the solitude and serenity you seek is guaranteed. Many have described the Woodland Caribou experience to what Quetico was like 30-40 years ago. If you choose to come in September, be it to enjoy the quiet explosion of colour around you or to hear the moose calling you may very well be the only one in the park.

Roofed Accommodation
Four lodges and several outpost camps are primarily accessible by aircraft and by water from Red Lake.

Wilderness hikers will find no designated trails.

Anglers (both canoeists and guests at outposts) travel to this wilderness park for sport fish such as walleye, northern pike and lake trout. The fish quality is excellent as the fish are very co-operative. You are sure to see a lot of fishing action. Live bait is used but is not necessary.

With over 1,600 km of connecting lakes and rivers to chose from, canoeists can plan unique circuits through the park. Located in the Arctic watershed, the park's two principal river systems, the Bloodvein in the north and the Gammon in the south, flow westerly into Lake Winnipeg and eventually into Hudson Bay.In the south, Bird River drains the lower lake system into Eagle Lake, outside the park boundary.

Wildlife Viewing
Animals in this park are typical of the boreal forest and more western habitats. They include caribou, moose, black bear, beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, martin, fisher, wolverine, weasel, lynx, fox and timber wolf. Other inhabitants include green frogs, snapping and painted turtles and 100 species of birds, including bald eagles, ospreys, terns, pelicans and great blue herons. The park's elusive woodland caribou herd and a colony of prairie Franklin's ground squirrels are found only in this region of Ontario.

For more information:
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
Box 5003
Red Lake, Ontario
P0V 2M0
Email : woodland.caribou.mnr@ontario.ca